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Flexion Distraction technique is used to treat many diseases. It is a non surgical technique aimed at increasing spine movement, reducing pain, helping in loading discs and disc hernias. The procedure is perfect as a safe, gentle procedure without the use of force and works well to cut off spinal nerves that may be damaged or disturbed.

Clinical Benefits :

  • 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

How does the distraction scattering work?

Bending expansion involves the use of a special table that disperses and bends the spine in an automated and gentle rhythmic motion. The doctor will use the manual techniques at the table to reduce the pain. The goal is to allow proper spinal movement in a way that removes pressure from the bulge of the disc. It does this by creating a vacuum that draws the drive back into the spine. Distraction movement of the bend also maintains healthy disks through imbibition.

Conditions that may benefit from Flexion Distraction Therapy

  • Lumbar disc injuries (ruptured, bulging or herniated “slipped disc”)
  • Low back pain
  • Mid back pain
  • Leg pain / Sciatica
  • Arthritis
  • General lower back stiffness
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Sprain / Strain
  • Scoliosis
  • Sacroiliac Syndrome
  • Spinal Stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal)
  • Ankylosing Apondylitis


Flexion - Distraction Therapy is well researched and has proven effective. Chiropractors have been using this method for many years to control the symptoms of sciatica and disc herniation and have saved many patients from the continuous treatment of pain, discomfort, temporary disability and spinal surgery.


1. Real - time force feedback during the bending-distraction procedure for low back pain: Pilot study

2. Manipulation of bending - distraction of the patient with a proven disc herniation. The Neuromusculoskeletal System 1997; 5 (2): 70 - 73 Guadagnino MR:If the damage to the disc is positively determined by diagnostic imaging, surgery is a commonly recommended approach. Bending/distraction manipulation is a therapeutic alternative that can bring relief to subjective complaints and eliminate objective signs. The success of this technique can save the patient's operating procedure. This is the case description of one such case. Bending / distraction manipulation is a procedure developed by James M. Cox. It is often used in the case of injury to the lumbar disc (hernia, bulges etc.) and other lower and lower root conditions of the lower limbs. The technique involves the use of a specialized table that allows passive distraction, bending, side bending and rotation. These different motion areas, along with the use of appropriate supportive therapy and exercise, help reduce the symptoms associated with lumbar disc syndromes. Contraindications and indications for bending / distraction manipulation have been identified and calculated. Bending / distraction manipulation is a procedure that should be investigated as part of the algorithm for pre-operative lumbar intervertebral disc injury therapy. This alternative in conservative care may be beneficial for a large number of patients. The surgical option of treatment of intervertebral disc herniation can be reduced by the propagation of bending / distraction manipulation

L5-S1 disc herniation reduced with distraction care bending Husband DK, Pokras R: Compendium at the end of 1991: The use of turning distortion in damage to the back lumbar sacrum with a lumbar sacral disc: a case study. ACA J of Chiropractic 1991; December, pp. 21 - 24. The authors present a case of a 24 year old Latino hyperthermic man with aches and pains in the cross due to bending and wounding. The patient had an apparent bend on the right side of the skinny antifungal and seemed to feel severe pain. Radiographs revealed the L6 vertebra with hypoplastic surfaces of lumbosacral joints and occult spinal cleft. The patient also had symptoms of root compression during physical examination. The distraction treated him of bending over three treatments with a significant reduction in symptomatology. The significance of this case lies in the fact that turning dispersion may also be useful in the treatment of conditions with inherent instability, such as in the present case.

Flexion Distraction Therapy Emerson

Our goal and approach are to provide patients with the best functional treatment plans tailored to individual needs with emphasis on personal attention and commitment to excellence that distinguish Emerson Physical Therapy & Rehab Center as one of the leading providers of physical therapy and rehabilitation in Bergen County, New Jersey.