It is based on principles of both chiropractic and osteopathy, a combination that often provides fast relief from low back and leg pain, without the need for surgery. It is one of the most effective and well-researched techniques used by chiropractors. Flexion distraction involves the use of a specialized table that gently distracts, or stretches, the spine. Dr. Carlson is able to isolate the area of pain while slightly flexing the spine in a pumping rhythm.
This is to increase the disc height between each vertebra, decompressing the spinal column and restoring the spinal joints to their proper alignment and range of motion. Dr. Carlson can adjust the different sections of the table to neutralize the effects of gravity and then apply gentle pressure to the affected areas as they move through a more normal range of motion. Movements are repetitive and usually slow, without any quick thrusts or undue pressure.