Flexion-distraction treatment opens the space between the vertebrae. This will minimize the pressure on your discs and give your disc bulge a chance to unbulge. In fact, research shows that after a series of treatments, the intervertebral disc space can increase, and a bulging or herniated disc can be repositioned altogether or reduced in size.
A flexion-dstraction session flushes fluids into and out of the disc space. The disc has a poor blood supply, and it only gets its nourishment indirectly – through passive diffusion. The intermittent cycles of stretch speed up the turnover of nutrients and metabolic by-products. This allows for disc healing and regeneration.
By stretching the fibers of the intervertebral disc, flexion-distraction stimulates the tissue’s healing process. The effect is analogous to the way you develop strength with weight-training. Lifting a heavy weight actually breaks down the your muscle fibers. This serves as a healing stimulus, and the muscle rebuilds stronger than before. The same effect takes place in the intervertebral disc after a flexion-distraction session.
As a result of these three mechanisms, I’ve been able to help many low back pain patients restore their spine to health.