The flexion distraction technique is a technique often used to treat patients in chronic pain who have not responded well to other treatments. Mainly used for chronic neck pain and back pain, it has become known as the best alternative to back surgery. It uses a special type of spinal manipulation to decompress the spinal discs.
Usually, a slow, gentle spinal manipulation is used which carefully avoids using quick movements or thrusting movements that can further disalign the spine. This type of therapy uses a special type of table that is used along with the spinal manipulations in order to restore a normal range-of-motion to the upper and lower back and to the cervical area and the cervical joints. It is also used to relieve pressure placed on the inter-cranial nerves and the spinal nerves.
This is a pain-free technique that allows the chiropractor to isolate and treat the areas of the spinal and cervical region that can cause pain and place pressure on both nerves and discs in the upper and lower back. The actions used in this treatment are thought to move potentially bulging discs away from the nerves, thus relieving pressure placed on the nerves and thus relieving pain.