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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.​​​​​​​​​