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Meet our Flexion Distraction Providers

Dr. Nick Stryniak

Chiropractor & Director

Dr. Nick Stryniak is a Halifax native and received his Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from Dalhousie.  Dr. Stryniak graduated with his Doctorate of Chiropractic from the New York Chiropractic College and is board-certified to practice in both Canada and the United States. While at NYCC, Dr. Stryniak was selected for an honours remote internship, which involved rotations at Meridian Chiropractic & Wellness in Syracuse, NY, Veterans Affairs Hospital in Bath, NY, Neurology department of the CNY Spine Group and Chronic pain management section of New York Spine & Wellness, both in Syracuse, NY.

He has completed advanced training in Active Release Technique (A.R.T.), Cox Spinal Decompression, functional assessment, sports rehabilitation, manual therapy, instrument-assisted soft-tissue treatment, Kinesiology taping and whole food nutrition.

Dr. Stryniak has a special interest in helping athletes and has provided chiropractic treatment to high school, college, recreational and professional athletes at various events, the most notable being the USA Track and Field Visa Championship Series at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Dr. Alex Vanderlinden


Dr. Alexander Vanderlinden is a native of Antigonish, Nova Scotia, now residing in Halifax. A
graduate of St. Francis Xavier University, he completed his Bachelor of Science in Human
Kinetics, while also competing with the St.FX X-Men Track & Field Team. After his time in
St.F.X., he earned his Doctor of Chiropractic from the New York Chiropractic College in Seneca
Falls, New York. Aside from treating patients in the outpatient clinic on campus, he also treated
veterans in the Veterans Affairs hospitals, the Elmira Pioneers Baseball club, and the athletes at
various Ironman Competitions. Dr. Vanderlinden intends to treat patients of all ages, with
various musculoskeletal conditions through diversified chiropractic adjustments, Flexion &
Distraction therapy, rehabilitation exercises, soft tissue mobilizations, and educating his
patients to live a healthier lifestyle. Dr. Vanderlinden is excited to return to Nova Scotia and
help the community members achieve their health and fitness goals.

Flexion Distraction

Flexion Distraction is a chiropractic technique used to treat many conditions of the lumbar spine. It is a non-surgical technique aimed at increasing spinal motion and resolving disc bulges and disc herniations. The treatment is excellent as a safe, gentle, non-force procedure and works well to take pressure off the spinal nerves that may be injured or dysfunctional.

Flexion Distraction Can Help With…


Low Back Pain




Disc Herniations


Spinal Stenosis




Facet Syndrome




Other Spine Conditions

How It Works

Flexion Distraction involves using a special table that distracts and flexes the spine in an automated and gentle rythmic motion. The Chiropractic Doctor will use some manual techniques with the table to resolve the disc herniation or bulge. The goal is to allow the spine to move correctly in a manner that will remove pressure from the disc bulge. It does this by creating a negative pressure that pulls the disc bulge back into the spine. The flexion distraction motion also maintains healthy discs through imbibition. The motion allows nutrients into the spinal disc and keeps them well articulated.

Clinical Benefits:

  • Reduce pressure on the spinal nerves from a disc bulge or herniation
  • Increase spinal motion within the disc and spinal joints
  • A conservative option to surgery for herniated discs
  • Reducing symptoms of sciatica

Common Questions

Do I Need A Referral For Flexion Distraction ?

No, a referral is not necessary, however certain insurance companies will require a doctors referral for reimbursement under Chiropractic services. Please check with your insurance provider to determine if a referral is necessary. Should you have any questions, please call the clinic at 902-407-7207.

Is Flexion Distraction Covered By My Insurance?

Flexion Distraction is covered underneath Chiropractic Services, which is covered by the majority of private health insurance plans.  The specific amount of coverage will vary depending on your plan, so check with your insurance carrier to know for sure. If you have any questions or need help finding out your Chiropractic benefits, please call the clinic at 902-407-7207.

Do You Provide Direct Billing?

Yes. We can direct bill for most patients/clients who have the following insurance coverage:

Blue Cross
Great West Life
Industrial Alliance
Maximum Benefit
Johnson Group
Standard Life
Sun Life
Chambers of Commerce

What Is Your Cancellation Policy?

You may cancel your appointment anytime without charge up to 4 hours prior to your appointment.

What Methods Of Payments Do You Accept?

We currently accept Visa, Mastercard, debit, cheque, or cash.

How Much Does Flexion Distraction Cost?

The Initial Assessment is $100 (includes treatment) and each subsequent treatment is $60. We provide direct billing for most major private insurance companies.

How Long are Flexion Distraction Sessions?

Initial Assessment visits are 45 minutes and subsequent visits are 15 minutes. Please arrive 15 minutes early on your first visit to fill out paperwork, or print them by clicking here.

How Many Sessions Will I Need?

The number of sessions required for maximum improvement will vary by the condition, severity and age. Some treatment plans are 1x a week for 6 weeks, while other, more acute conditions could start with 3-5x/week. Overall, most people begin to get pain relief in 3-6 sessions, and most people complete treatment within 8 weeks with a total of 6-12 sessions.

Do You Treat Athletes?

Yes, a number of our clients are athletes ranging from weekend warrior, marathon runners and professional athletes.

Do You Treat Motor Vehicle Accidents?

Yes, we provide chiropractic for injury management, such as whiplash, following a motor vehicle accident. We direct bill to motor vehicle insurance companies.