Anyone who has experienced back or neck pain understands the urgency of finding a solution as soon as possible. Since back and neck pain is so serious, a lot of individuals assume that drastic measures such as back surgery are the only, or the first, option. The truth is there are many different types of treatments for back and neck pain, and the best way to determine what treatment is best is to visit a professional and certified chiropractor. One such treatment that certified chiropractors may suggest is Flexion Distraction Therapy. This blog post will cover some more information about exactly what this therapy is and when it is used.
What Is Flexion Distraction Therapy?
Flexion Distraction Therapy, more commonly referred to simply as F/D, is a mild chiropractic treatment that is used to help individuals who are experiencing neck pain and back pain. If an individual is not interested, or does not need back surgery, then F/D is a viable alternative.
During F/D therapy, the chiropractor will work diligently to remove any potential annular tension by gently massaging, making more room for the nerves, and improving circulation. When the chiropractor does this, it allows the annular fibers to move back to the center, thus helping the spinal nerve move back into its proper position. Not only will the chiropractor massage gently to move the annular fibers back in place during F/D therapy, but the chiropractor will also restore any joints that may be out of place, or moving incorrectly. This is important because, when joints are out of place, it can cause pain and discomfort in the spine, neck, back, and even other areas of the body. When the spine is set back in proper order, it will improve the posture of the individual, relieve pain, and improve body functions. Sometimes all a patient needs is Flexion Distraction Therapy in order to achieve the relief they desire.
How to Determine if Flexion Distraction Therapy is Needed
The most obvious reason for F/D therapy is back and neck pain, but this therapy is also useful for some other conditions including the following:
- Herniated discs
- Arm pain
- Leg pain
- Chemical radicultis
- Transitional segment
- Problems with previous back surgery
- Problems with steroid injections
Patients often wonder how Flexion Distraction Therapy works for people who have not sustained any type of disc problem, but still experience pain or have one of the above conditions. For patients who do not have an issue with a disc in their spine, the treatment is still helpful. The reason for this is because most other conditions originate with problems in the back, even if it’s not directly related to a disc. For example, an individual may simply need their spinal joints moved back into place. When this happens, it can reset the body and provide healing and comfort.
For more information about whether or not this treatment is a great option, individuals should consult with a professional chiropractor such as Nathen Horst. Contact Horst Chiropractic today.