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Treatment Rationale and Benefits of Flexion-Distraction Spinal Manipulation

Flexion-distraction spinal manipulation is performed on a specifically equipped manipulation table with the patient lying prone. The clinician establishes level-specific contact on each vertebra and related disc of the spine for the purpose of:

  • Decompressing spinal segments, including the vertebral joints, the intervertebral disc, the spinal nerve and blood-vascular contents in the spinal canal.
  • Assisting in neutralizing vertebral position globally and segment to segment.
  • Releasing and “re-setting” sensory nerves, including the “mechano-receptors and “noci-ceptors” (pain sensors).

Benefits derived from treatment:

  • Decreased pressure trauma in the area of the vertebral joint, the disc and contents of the spinal canal, including the spinal nerve trunk and the arteries and veins entering and leaving the canal.
  • Reduction of disc bulge/protrusion and “centering” of disc position. Studies with Loyola University School of Medicine reveal disc pressure lowered to as much as -192mm Hg.  Because the disc gains back hydration (water), height gained back has exceeded an inch. 
  • Enlargement of the diameter of the spinal canal. According to studies with Loyola University and the University of Iowa, the vertebral nerve hole (IVF) has been expanded by up to 28% (almost 1/3). 
  • Improvement of blood supply to the mechanical components of the spine, including the joint/disc surface and the spinal cord and nerves.
  • Normalizing/Neutralizing of vertebral position and range of motion.
  • This special “targeted” type of spinal manipulation is highly effective care for disc trauma and disc degenerative (arthritic) syndromes, with a researched treatment success of 80-95%.

Almost all types of back pain syndromes tend to respond favorably to flexion-distraction spinal manipulation, even when other methods have not helped.

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