Chronic pain can be frustrating, particularly when it doesn’t respond to the usual treatments. That’s what makes chiropractors such powerful healers—they have a variety of chiropractic techniques at their disposal to help patients avoid medication or surgery.
Flexion distraction is one of those techniques. A gentle form of manual therapy, this low-force alternative can help relieve back and neck pain caused by a variety of conditions, from ruptured discs to whiplash to spinal stenosis. In one study, flexion distraction proved more effective than physical therapy at keeping pain away up to a year after the initial treatment.
(Congratulations to Zach Johnson, who won the 2015 British Open on Monday, July 20. His dad is Cedar Rapids, Iowa, chiropractor David Johnson, D.C., who graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1977.)
Golf may not get a lot of credit for being a high-intensity sport, but after a day on the green any amateur knows differently.
Most amateurs swing their clubs at 75-95 miles per hour—a motion that turns, twists and pulls the torso. In four hours on the green, a golfer might attempt more than 100 of these strokes between intermittently dragging a 40-pound bag across several miles of uneven terrain.