Flexion-distraction (or Decompression) technique has become the most widely used conservative approach to treating symptomatic disc injuries involving back pain and the often-accompanying buttocks and/or leg pain. Flexion-distraction involves the use of a specialized table that gently distracts or stretches the spine which allows the Doctor to isolate the area of disc involvement while slightly flexing the spine in a pumping rhythm. There is no pain involved in the treatment.
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Flexion-Distraction is an excellent technique for the treatment of low back pain. It is a gentle and extremely effective technique that helps to decompress the spine and remove pressure on the vertebral disc and nerves. In addition it restores range of motion to the spine and realigns the vertebrae.
Dr. Baker applies this technique for the treatment of:
- Bulging, herniated or “slipped” discs
- Low back muscle spasms
- Degenerated lumbar discs
- Spinal stenosis
- Facet syndrome
- Low back misalignment (subluxation)
Tractioning or distraction of the vertebrae combined with isolation and gently pumping of the involved area allows the central area of the disc (the nucleus pulposus) to assume its central position in the disc. These actions move the disc away from the nerve, reducing inflammation of the nerve root, and the associated pain and inflammation into the buttocks and/or leg.
Flexion-distraction is applied in a series of treatments combined with adjunctive physiotherapy, massage supplementation, and low back exercises.
In Flexion-distraction technique, there is a “50/50 rule”: if a patient has not improved objectively and subjectively by 50% at the end of 2 weeks care, then referral to another specialist is suggested.
Flexion-distraction is the treatment of choice for those patients suffering with back pain. The treatments are comfortable and performed on a fully adjustable ergonomic table that can be fit to all body types. Flexion-distraction should be considered for those whose pain has not responded to other types of care...this treatment can make all the difference in removing and/or managing your pain permanently.
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