Disc Decompression for Lower Back Pain

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Flexion-Distraction Technique

The Flexion-Distraction Technique has become the most widely used approach to treating symptomatic disc injuries involving back pain and the often-accompanying leg pain. Flexion-distraction involves the use of a specialized table that gently distracts or stretches the spine and which allows the Minneapolis chiropractors at Lyn Lake to isolate the area of disc involvement while slightly flexing the spine in a pumping rhythm. There is usually no pain involved in the treatment. Flexion-Distraction works well with lower back pain, hip pain and SI joint pain.

The tractioning or distraction of the disc combined with isolation and gentle pumping of the involved area allows the central area of the disc, the nucleus pulposus, to assume its central position in the disc. Flexion-distraction is thought to improve disc height and decrease low back pain. These actions move the disc away from the nerve, reducing inflammation of the nerve root, and eventually the associated pain and inflammation into the leg.


Distraction by our chiropractors is applied in a series of treatments combined with adjunctive physiotherapy, supplementation, and home instructions. Eventually, specific exercises for low back disc conditions and low back pain are introduced.

Pelvic Blocking Techniques

Lyn Lake Chiropractic uses pelvic blocking techniques as part of another low back disc protocol. Under blocking technique, disc patients are categorized according to a set of findings including traditional orthopedic and neurological testing. Treatments using pelvic blocking techniques include the use of cushioned wedges, which are placed under each side of the pelvis along with gentle maneuvers. This allows gravity and changes in mechanics to draw the disc away from the nerve. Disc injuries are treated in a series of non-force treatments with monitoring and evaluation. Our chiropractors and staff have had great success with treating low back pain and disc injuries with conservative treatments at Lyn Lake Chiropractic.

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