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Traction Therapy Treatments from Our Back Pain Chiropractor

What is Traction Therapy?

Mechanical traction therapy utilizing Flexion Distraction is a chiropractic technique used to treat many conditions of the lumbar spine. It is a non-surgical technique aimed at increasing spinal motion and resolving disc bulges and disc herniations. The treatment is excellent as a safe, gentle, non-force procedure and works well to take pressure off the spinal nerves that may be injured or dysfunctional.

Clinical Benefits of Traction Therapy

  • Reduce pressure on the spinal nerves from a disc bulge or herniation

  • Increase spinal motion within the disc and spinal joints

  • A conservative option to surgery for herniated discs

  • Reducing symptoms of sciatica

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How is Traction Therapy Performed?

Flexion Distraction involves using a special table that distracts and flexes the spine in an automated and gentle rythmic motion. The doctor will use some manual techniques with the table to resolve painful condition. The goal is to allow the spine to move correctly in a manner that will remove pressure from the disc bulge. It does this by creating a negative pressure that pulls the disc bulge back into the spine. The flexion distraction motion also maintains healthy discs through imbibition. The motion allows nutrients into the spinal disc and keeps them well articulated.

Conditions Which May Benefit from Traction 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

Traction Therapy at Behm Muscle & Joint Clinic

Flexion Distraction Therapy is well researched, and has been proven effective. Chiropractors have been using this method for many years to manage the symptoms of sciatica and disc herniation and have saved many patients from ongoing pain management, discomfort, temporary disability and spinal surgery. If you have a condition above and feel you could benefit from flexion distraction therapy, give us a call today or schedule a consultation online.

Content written by Dr. Adam Behm, DC, CCSP®

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