Leander Flexion Distraction Technique


Leander technique is a variation of flexion-distraction technique. Leander technique uses a motorized table for adjusting the spine and stretching the muscles of the spine. With the assistance of the motorized table, spinal motion is induced passively. This allows the Doctor to feel spinal motion, and in turn find vertebral restrictions. The passive motion that is brought about by the motorized table also allows for spinal manipulation and adjustments to be performed with less force being used by the doctor. Therefore, the use of the motorized table also allows for more patient comfort during adjustments. In addition, the Leander table can be used to comfortably and gently stretch the muscles of the spine, and decompress the vertebrae and discs of the spine, both with and without the intervention of the Doctor. The large majority of patients that experience the Leander motion assisted table find the treatment very comfortable and enjoyable. In particular, patients with osteoporosis, pregnancy, low back pain, and disc issues seem to find additional benefit from treatment with the Leander table.

What is Leander Flexion Distraction

Flexion Distraction is an advanced, traction based therapy commonly used to manage the symptoms of disc injury, and various other low back complaints with great success. It is a very effective, safe, gentle, non-force, and non-surgical procedure.

Among different chiropractic techniques, Flexion Distraction is superior in managing herniated discs and sciatica.

What does Flexion Distraction Therapy involve

Flexion Distraction involves the use of a specialized table that simultaneously distracts (stretches) and flexes the spine in a gentle cyclic motion.

The chiropractor applies gentle pressure to specific areas of contact that is intended to relieve pain, as well as restore motion and realign the spine.

Flexion Distraction Therapy is clinically proven to:

  • reduce pressure inside the spinal disc
  • widen the spinal canal
  • reduce pressure on the spinal nerves
  • return motion to spinal joints

It is a very safe, effective, conservative approach for disc injuries, low back and leg pain symptoms, and a definite alternative to explore if spinal surgery has been recommended.

How does Flexion Distraction help to manage disc injury?

The gentle pumping rhythm of Flexion Distraction enables the spinal disc to be placed under negative pressure, causing a vacuum effect within it. Because of this negative pressure, disc material that has protruded or herniated can be pulled back within the normal confines of the disc, and permit healing to occur.

This technique can help move the disc away from the nerve, reducing inflammation of the nerve root, and eventually any associated pain, pins and needles, numbness or weakness of the leg (that may be related to your herniated disc).

Conditions that may benefit from Flexion Distraction Therapy:

  • Lumbar disc injuries (ruptured, bulging or herniated “slipped disc”)
  • Low back pain
  • Leg pain/Sciatica
  • Arthritis
  • General lower back stiffness
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Sprain/strain
  • Scoliosis
  • Sacroiliac syndrome
  • Spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal)
  • Ankylosing spondylitis
  • Failed back surgical syndrome

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