What is Flexion Distraction Therapy?

The secret to managing sciatica and back pain related to a herniated disc, is the chiropractic technique called Flexion Distraction. This leading form of non-surgical disc injury management, is now available at Complete Care Chiropractic.

Flexion Distraction is an advanced, traction based therapy commonly used to manage the symptoms of disc injury, and various other low back complaints with great success. It is a very effective, safe, gentle, non-force, and non-surgical procedure.

Among different chiropractic techniques, Flexion Distraction is superior in managing herniated discs and sciatica.


What does Flexion Distraction Therapy involve?

Flexion Distraction involves the use of a specialised table that simultaneously distracts (stretches) and flexes the spine in a gentle cyclic motion. The chiropractor applies gentle pressure to specific areas of contact that is intended to relieve pain, as well as restore motion and realign the spine.

Flexion Distraction Therapy is clinically proven to:

  • Reduce pressure inside the spinal disc
  • Widen the spinal canal
  • Reduce pressure on the spinal nerves
  • Return motion to spinal joints It is a very safe, effective, conservative approach for disc injuries, low back and leg pain symptoms, and a definite alternative to explore if spinal surgery has been recommended.

How does Flexion Distraction help to manage the symptoms of disc injury?

The gentle pumping rhythm of Flexion Distraction enables the spinal disc to be placed under negative pressure, causing a vacuum effect within it. Because of this negative pressure, disc material that has protruded or herniated can be pulled back within the normal confines of the disc, and permit healing to occur.

This technique can help move the disc away from the nerve, reducing inflammation of the nerve root, and eventually any associated pain, pins and needles, numbness or weakness of the leg (that may be related to your herniated disc).

Conditions that may benefit from Flexion Distraction Therapy:

  • Lumbar disc injuries (ruptured, bulging or herniated "slipped disc").
  • Low back pain.
  • Leg pain/Sciatica.
  • Arthritis.
  • General lower back stiffness.
  • Spondylolisthesis.
  • Sprain/strain.
  • Scoliosis.
  • Sacroiliac syndrome.
  • Spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal).
  • Ankylosing spondylitis.
  • Failed back surgical syndrome.

Is Flexion Distraction Therapy painful?

No. Because of its gentle, non-force nature, it is often used with patients who are recovering from spinal surgery or who are in rehabilitation.

Generally, the patient is not subjected to increased pain and discomfort during the treatment, and in fact many patients report that they find it pleasant and relaxing.


I have arthritis, is it safe to have Flexion Distraction Therapy?

Yes. Movements are repetitive and usually slow, without any quick thrusts or undue pressure.

The gentle nature of Flexion Distraction makes it particularly well suited for patients who need a lighter touch, such as those with osteoporosis or of an advanced age. In fact, Flexion Distraction has been successfully used to help manage many conditions of the aging spine including degenerative disc disease, spinal stiffness associated with osteoarthritis and spinal stenosis.


Flexion Distraction Therapy often helps when nothing else does.

Flexion Distraction Therapy is well researched, and has been proven effective. Chiropractors at Complete Care Chiropractic have been trained in this method to manage the symptoms of sciatica and disc herniation and have saved many patients from ongoing pain management, discomfort, temporary disability and spinal surgery.