Flexion/Distraction, or F & D, is a gentle (stretching) chiropractic adjustment of the spine utilized for back pain and a variety of other conditions such as stenosis, advanced arthritis, facet syndromes and disc injuries, to name a few. Flexion/Distraction is a safe alternative to back surgery for those patients whose conditions do not demand surgical intervention. The following benefits are achieved for the patient with low back or extremity pain:
Increases the disc height to remove tension on the annular fibers (ligaments around the outside of the disc) and nerve roots by making more room and improving circulation.
Allows the nucleus pulposus, (the jelly in the center of the disc), to assume its central position within the annular fibers and relieves irritation of the nerve root.
Restores physiological range of motion to spinal joints.
Improves posture and walking, while relieving pain, and improving body functions.
For Non-Disc related conditions: Patients with other conditions causing back pain (facet syndrome, spondylolisthesis, sacroiliac restrictions and misalignment, certain types of spinal stenosis), Flexion/Distraction provides all of the above benefits plus the ability to place the spinal joints into normal, painless movements to restore spinal motion without pain.