A New Table!
If you’ve been in the office since last January, you may have noticed that we have a new table in our office!
It looks a bit different from our other tables, with more moving parts and noises as it depressurizes itself occasionally. But all of these differences help Doctor Becerra tremendously when we have patients who are in severe lower back pain. Our new table is called a “Flexion-Distraction” table. “Flexion” is simply the act of bending, and “Distraction” is a force applied to joints to create movement. In other words, the doctor is able to flex and move a patient’s body in a way that is more comfortable for someone in intense pain. When Doctor Becerra normally adjusts someone’s lower back, he has them turn on their side. For some people, that movement is almost impossible at the start of their care!
With the flexion-distraction table, the doctor is able to adjust the lower back while the patient remains lying on their stomach. After strapping their ankles down – we don’t want anyone sliding off! – Doctor Becerra uses a variety of movements in order to bring relief to hurting patients.
Another benefit to having this new table is that it gives Doctor Becerra a wider range of movement, one that he wouldn’t normally have when he adjust patients on our other tables. For some longtime patients, who are past the critical phase of their care, it is still a benefit.
One of our Chiropractic Assistants, Sherry, can attest to that fact! Generally, when the doctor adjusts Sherry, her lower back is very stiff, which makes it difficult to get a good release of tension. When she is adjusted on the new table, the wider range of motion allows Doctor Becerra to stretch out the tense muscles that are holding on to her stress and subluxations.
With our new table, we’re better able to care for patients who are experiencing a higher intensity of lower back pain, as well as loyal patients who just need a little extra to their adjustment.