A herniated disc occurs when the spongy, soft material that cushions the bones of the spine (vertebrae) slips out of place or becomes damaged. You can have a herniated disc in any part of your spine. When a herniated disc presses on a nerve, it can cause pain, numbness, and weakness in the area of the body where the nerve travels.
Flexion Distraction Decompression is a therapeutic technique used to treat people with a variety of pain syndromes that have not responded to other treatment approaches.
It is a gentle chiropractic treatment procedure utilized for spinal pain.
This procedure is performed on a uniquely designed table and is based on a distractive force (supplied with the doctor’s hand) combined with table motion. Flexion distraction technique uses the table to restore normal physiological range of motion to the spinal joints. Flexion distraction manipulation is a gentle, non-force adjusting procedure which works with the body’s natural design to aid it in healing properly.
The goals of the flexion distraction adjustment include transfer of metabolites into the spinal disc, decreasing intradiscal pressures and decompressing inflamed/compressed spinal nerve roots. In short, it reduces the pressure within the spinal discs.
Source: Physio Logic