What is Cox Technic, Flexion-Distraction?

Cox® Technic is a non-invasive, hands on, doctor-controlled spinal manipulation performed on patients lying a Cox® Table. The table permits the effective administration of Flexion-Distraction and decompression adjustment and manipulation. The goal of Cox® Technic is to help the spinal pain patient go from “pain” to “no pain” as quickly as possible.

Flexion-distraction is a revolutionary technique which helps with many conditions that plague individuals on a daily basis. What Flexion-Distraction helps to accomplish is the following:

  1. Widens the spinal canal foramina area. This is accomplished by the pulling and bending of the spine specifically to where the nerves come out.
  2. Reduces pressure on the spinal nerves.
  3. Returns motion to the spinal joints.
  4. Helps alleviate numbness, tingling, shooting pains into the extremities, and PAIN!!!

What conditions may Flexion/Distraction help?

Specific Conditions and/or Diagnosis Flexion/Distraction may help

Is it painful? What is a typical treatment like?

Following an examination, your physician will determine if Flexion/Distraction is the proper technique for you.

The treatment is administered on a traditional, horizontal, flat table in which you are lying face down.

The doctor will tolerance test you, meaning they will slowly test the lower back/neck through specific progressions of the treatment to determine which level to start at and to assure it will not aggravate your current condition.

The treatment is done one spinal level at a time.

This procedure will decrease the pressure on the intervertebral disc, thus allowing disc reduction, an increase in the size of the intervertebral foramen (which houses the spinal nerves), and a reduction of pressure on the dorsal root ganglion and subsequently the exiting nerve root (which is what causes all that pain in your legs/arms)!

Are there any side effects?

Typically not, however, everyone responds differently. The human body is very complex and no two people are alike. Some patients report feeling soreness after the first treatment, this is not a sign for concern. Soreness is your body’s way of telling you it is changing! Most patients report an immediate relief of pressure in the affected area and/or a decrease in the level of pain.

The best thing you can do as a patient is be very vocal with your doctor. Tell them what you are feeling as the treatment progresses, so they can better tailor the procedure to you.

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