We do flexion-distraction therapy on a segmented table because it helps stretch and decompress the spine, easing pain not only in the lower back but also in the neck, leg, and arm. It’s also helpful in restoring mobility and range of motion.
Such tables undulate with a gentle, automated rhythm or can be controlled manually by a chiropractor, but the effect is the same flexing and dropping to enlist gravity as an ally in realigning the spine and relieving muscle spasms. For example, a segmented table can help stretch the lower back by bending in the middle, near the patient’s hips, so that the patient’s feet and legs are lowered at an angle to the floor. While this is happening, we can work on the back or simply apply gentle pressure to it to hold the torso in place, amplify the stretch, and dial up the patient’s relief.
Flexion-distraction performed on a segmented table is a pain-free and time-tested alternative to back surgery for many patients, the vast majority of whom don’t require invasive procedures. It’s a vital tool in resolving disc bulges and herniations in that it reduces pressure on the spinal nerves from the bulge or herniation.