Is the Cox Flexion Distraction Technique the Chiropractic Solution For You?


Whilst you're probably aware that chiropractors help their patients heal through spinal adjustments, you may not know that there are different techniques beyond the standard hands-on manipulation. The Cox Flexion Distraction technique is an effective kind of spinal adjustment for cases of severe pain. Whilst this method is a lesser known type of adjustment, it might be just the thing if you're hurting. Here's what you need to know about the Cox Flexion Distraction technique.

How Does a Cox Flexion Distraction Adjustment Work?

You'll lay on a specialised chiropractic table, one that's completely different to the standard chiropractic table because it has multiple segments. Usually, you'll lay flat on your back but the chiropractor may have you lay on your side for part of the treatment.

Every segment of the table can move separately, and the chiropractor manipulates the segments individually based on your treatment needs. Every time that a segment of the table drops, a sort of suction occurs. This suction means that your chiropractor is better able to manipulate your spine in the necessary area. Adjustments aren't painful, although you may feel some pressure. 

What Type of Injuries May Require This Type of Treatment?

Whilst many different issues might be helped with Cox Flexion Distraction adjustments, it's usually best suited for lumbar and cervical spine problems. In particular, the following problems are usually treated quite effectively with Cox Flexion Distraction.

  • Prolapsed disc: a prolapsed disc occurs when interior contents of one of the intervertebral discs moves out of its usual spot. This displaced disc material often moves into your spinal canal, putting pressure on the spinal nerves and causing serious pain. Cox Flexion Distraction can manipulate the vertebrae until the disc can be returned to the correct area.
  • Compressed vertebrae: this occurs when two or more of the neck or back vertebrae are stuck together. This treatment can gently decompress them, allowing the disc between them to act as a proper cushion to keep them separated.
  • Sciatica: sciatica happens when the longest nerve in the body -- the sciatic nerve -- gets trapped or is otherwise irritated. This causes severe pain that can cover your lower back, leg, and even down to the heel. Cox Flexion Distraction technique can be effective for sciatica because it allows the chiropractor to easily identify the exact area where the sciatic nerve became compressed so it can be corrected right there.

Is Cox Flexion Distraction Technique Right For Your Injury?

If you're in pain and you haven't found relief with standard chiropractic adjustments, Cox Flexion Distraction may be a good solution. Talk to your chiropractor about this option today!


14 March 2018

Walking Proof: Singing The Praises Of Chiropractors

As a chiropractor's receptionist, I have become a walking advertisement for the profession. I run marathons as a hobby and also study part-time. You can imagine the mental and physical strain I impose on my body daily. Pounding the pavements, long hours sitting at a computer and the stress of preparing for exams were taking their toll before I started this job. Fortunately, the lovely clinic where I work provides chiropractic treatments for free. I can honestly say that my aches are almost gone and I have never felt so relaxed, yet alert, when doing exams. I had never considered visiting a chiropractor before, but now I actively recruit friends and family when they complain about ailments. I hope the entries on this blog alert everyone to the broad range of services that chiropractors offer and dispel any concerns. I am certainly a very happy convert!