Flexion-Distraction Technique

What is the Flexion-Distraction Technique?

The Cox Flexion-Distraction technique is performed on a special table that elongates and stretches the spine, ligaments, and muscles. This helps with the management of spinal injuries and assists in the healing process. (1)

Does it help with disc injuries?

When a disc injury occurs, the soft internal disc material can migrate outside its usual position in between the vertebrae. This can then lead to spinal or extremity pain. With the use of a flexion distraction table the spine is gently stretched in a way that increases the distance between the spinal segments, joints, and muscles. This can assist with increasing the space surrounding the intervertebral disc while decreasing pressure. (1,2) It can be an effective way to centralise referred pain, such as sciatica. (1-3) 


What conditions can be treated with flexion distraction?

Flexion distraction can be used to treat spinal conditions such as: (1-5)   

  • Disc herniation, prolapse, extrusion and sequestration.   
  • Spinal stenosis   
  • Spinal degeneration   
  • Facet syndrome    
  • Chronic low back pain    

Interested to find out if this technique may help you? Call us for a discussion or BOOK ONLINE for an assessment with our chiropractor, Dr Thomas Hemmings.

Flexion-Distraction Technique
At our clinic in Kelvin Grove, we have a Leander 900 Z Flexion table