Many individuals suffer from back and neck pain, which is frequently caused by compression of the spinal discs. Flexion distraction is a safe, non-surgical form of traction therapy that is effective at reversing spinal disc compression through the gentle stretching of the spine. Dr. Gianfranco Calafiore at Chiropractic Healing Arts Center in El Cajon, CA, is an expert chiropractic practitioner who provides flexion distraction modalities to patients to help alleviate pressure on the spinal discs, improve alignment, and foster overall healing and wellness.
What is flexion distraction?
The spine is made up of vertebrae that are separated by rubbery material known as spinal discs. The spinal discs provide a cushion between the vertebrae so the bones of the spine do not rub against each other and also ensure there is enough room for nerves to emerge from the spine without impingement. Through chronic wear, loss of liquid, and injury, these discs can become compressed and squeezed, causing pain and discomfort.
Flexion distraction utilizes a segmented table to gently stretch the spine. The patient lies down on the table and their ankles are secured with a comfortable strap. During the treatment, the lower half of the body moves up and down rhythmically and slowly to gently stretch and decompress the spine and the corresponding discs, increasing space between the vertebrae so the discs return to a healthy, natural position.
Benefits of Flexion Distraction
Flexion distraction has numerous benefits for patients. In addition to alleviating pressure on the nerve roots, the treatment relieves stiffness, decreases herniated disc bulges, improves range of motion, reduces headaches and neck pain, improves posture, and promotes a healthy spine. Flexion distraction is particularly beneficial for patients experiencing spinal stenosis, osteoarthritis, scoliosis, muscle spasms, back strain, sprains, and sciatica. Patients suffering from chronic knee pain have also reported a decrease in symptoms with flexion distraction therapy. Upon your first visit, Dr. Calafiore at Chiropractic Healing Arts Center in El Cajon, CA, will conduct a comprehensive initial examination of your symptoms and ailments to see if flexion distraction may be a beneficial treatment for you. Flexion distraction may be recommended along with other chiropractic treatment modalities such as massage therapy and rehab exercises.
Chiropractic care is a safe, holistic, and effective treatment modality related to injuries and ailments of the musculoskeletal system. Too many individuals ignore chronic pain in the body, which can lead to an exacerbation and worsening of symptoms down the road. To learn more about flexion distraction and to see if this treatment therapy is right for you, contact Dr. Calafiore at Chiropractic Healing Arts Center today. (619) 460-4465