Flexion distraction therapy is a type of chiropractic treatment that involves the use of a specialized table that allows the chiropractor to apply gentle, rhythmic traction to the spine. It is often used to treat conditions that cause low back pain, such as herniated discs, degenerative disc disease, and spinal stenosis.
During a flexion distraction therapy session, the individual lies on the flexion distraction table and is secured with straps or padding. The chiropractor then uses a manual or mechanical traction device to gently pull on the legs or pelvis, creating a gentle stretch in the spine and creates a small amount of separation between the vertebrae. This separation can help to relieve pressure on the discs, help realign the spine and reduce pain.
Flexion distraction therapy is typically done in a series of sessions, with each session lasting about 20-30 minutes. It is generally considered to be a safe and effective treatment for low back pain, although more research is needed to fully understand its long-term effects. As with any treatment, it is important to consult with a healthcare provider to determine if flexion distraction therapy is appropriate for you.