Cox Flexion-Distraction (Spinal Decompression)

Cox Flexion-Distraction (Cox Technique) is a chiropractic technique developed by Dr. James M. Cox, aimed at treating conditions of the spine, particularly the lumbar (lower) spine. It involves the use of a specially designed chiropractic table that allows controlled flexion, distraction, and lateral flexion of the spine. The technique is often referred to as Cox Technic, and it is a non-invasive approach intended to alleviate pain and improve spinal function.


Key Features of Cox Flexion-Distraction:


  • Controlled Distraction: During a Cox Flexion-Distraction session, the chiropractor uses the specialized table to gently distract the spine. This controlled traction aims to decompress the intervertebral discs, reducing pressure on spinal nerves and promoting a positive environment for healing.


  • Flexion Movement: The table also allows for controlled flexion (forward bending) of the spine. This flexion motion helps to increase the intervertebral disc space, reduce disc protrusions or herniations, and improve the mobility of spinal joints.


  • Lateral Flexion: Cox Flexion-Distraction may involve controlled lateral flexion, which is a side-bending movement of the spine. This lateral flexion can be targeted to specific spinal levels based on the individual’s condition.


  • Patient Positioning: Patients typically lie face down on the Cox Flexion-Distraction table, and the chiropractor uses hand contacts and specific adjustments to guide the controlled movements of the spine.

Benefits of This Service:

  • Relief from Disc-related Issues

    Cox Flexion-Distraction is often utilized to address disc-related conditions, such as herniated discs or bulging discs. The controlled movements help reduce pressure on spinal discs and may alleviate associated symptoms like sciatica.

  • Improved Spinal Mobility

    The gentle flexion and distraction movements aim to improve the mobility of spinal joints. This can be beneficial for individuals experiencing stiffness or reduced range of motion in the spine.

  • Pain Reduction

    Cox Flexion-Distraction is known for its effectiveness in reducing pain associated with various spinal conditions. By decompressing the spine and reducing nerve impingement, it may alleviate symptoms such as back pain and radiating leg pain.

  • Treatment for Spinal Stenosis

    It can be part of a comprehensive treatment plan for spinal stenosis, a condition characterized by the narrowing of the spinal canal. The technique aims to create space within the spine, reducing pressure on nerves.

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