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Posted on 10-28-2015

Flexion-Distraction Technique for Herniated Discs

At Advanced Spinal Rehab & Wellness Center, we see many patients suffering from acute and chronic injuries to the spine. It's no surprise, since back pain is one of the most common injuries sustained by Americans of all ages. 

Back pain is a nuanced and multifaceted health problem. The causative factors vary for each individual person. Spinal disc herniation is one of the more common causes. 

Disc Herniation: The Basics

Spinal ColumnThe human spine is comprised of several important physical structures, including ligaments, muscles, nerves, blood vessels, and bony vertebrae. Between the vertebrae are fibrous and cartilagenous structures called vertebral discs. These discs increase the intervertebral joint space and mobility of the spine, and also act as a shock absorber. 

Normally, these discs remain properly aligned throughout the spine. However, sometimes a disc may slip out of place--or herniate--which can result in pain, inflammation, decreased mobility, nerve impingement, and other symptoms. 

What is a Flexion-Distraction Technique?

Chiropractors use this type of spinal manipulation to alleviate symptoms associated with herniated discs. It requires a specialized treatment table that gently distracts a patient's spine. This allows the chiropractor to deliver a gentle alternating flexion/extension mobilization force at the affected spinal level. This "pumping" type action is generally painless for the patient, and has several benefits, including:

  • restoration of normal disc alignment

  • healing of the disc

  • reduction in inflammation and irtitation to the surrounding structures, including nerves, nerve roots, ligaments, and muscles

In conjunction with the flexion-distraction technique and other spinal manipulations, herniated discs respond well to other chiropractic techniques, including:

  • Corrective exercise prescription, to improve the strength and endurance of important stabilizing musculature of the trunk 

  • Therapeutic modalities, including ultrasound and electrical muscle stimulation, which can promote healing, pain relief, anti-inflammation, and improved neuromuscular activation

  • Lifestyle, workspace, and nutritional counseling, to help a patient prevent future recurrence of back pain

Back Pain Relief in Westlake

Are you looking for relief from your back pain? Contact Advanced Spinal Rehab & Wellness Center today to connect with Dr. Michael Darr, your Westlake chiropractor committed to helping every patient achieve a higher quality of life.

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