What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic is a health care profession that focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, and the effects of these disorders on general health. The field of chiropractic began in 1895. The word ‘Chiropractic’ is derived from Greek terminology and means ‘to treat by hand.’ Chiropractic care focuses on conservative, non-invasive treatment for joint and soft tissue problems and their associated effects on the neurological system. Neurological ‘irritation’ caused by such problems can lead to anything from pain and dysfunction to organ problems. Joint and soft tissue problems, if left untreated, can ultimately lead to degenerative changes. Doctors of Chiropractic, often referred to as chiropractors or chiropractic physicians, practice a drug-free, hands-on approach to health care that includes patient examination, diagnosis, and treatment.Chiropractors have broad diagnostic skills and are also trained to recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises, as well as to provide nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counseling. The main job of the chiropractor is to identify the cause of the problem, address it properly, and educate the patient so as to reduce the need for continued care.
What is Flexion/Distraction?
Flexion/Distraction offers a non-invasive and effective means of treating low back pain. In particular, the technique is aimed at treating disc herniations, bulges, facet syndromes, spinal stenosis, spondylolisthesis, and soft tissue problems. It is one of the best forms of conservative care for touchy low back conditions.
Well researched and documented Flexion/Distraction helps relieve spinal pain and return patients to their desired quality of life by …
- dropping intradiscal pressure to as low as -192mm Hg
- widening the spinal canal foraminal area by 28%
- reducing pressure on the spinal nerves
- returning motion to the spinal joints
Flexion/Distraction is administered utilizing a specialized table. The patient is placed face down, and then the table is moved into flexion to create negative pressure in the disc. This is necessary to allow for the disc bulge/herniation to regress so as to help restore proper joint function, reduce inflammation and pain, and allow for better movement patterns. This helps pave the way for rehabilitation and stabilization exercises to help the patient remain pain-free and fully functional.
Other forms of ‘axial decompression’ have the patient facing up and simply pull the patient straight—this may not be effective for many forms of disc pathology. Unlike other “axial decompression” techniques, the patient is not required to sign up for dozens of treatments upfront and pay exorbitant amounts of money.