Introducing the Cox Flexion Distraction Technique

Cox Flexion Distraction, also known as Flexion Distraction Therapy, is a spinal manipulation technique. It combines the expert training of our chiropractors with a specialist table to gently stretch out the spine and muscles. Used by chiropractors since the 1960s, Flexion Distraction helps to decompress the joints and is a non-surgical option for the management of disc injuries.

Replacing fast movements with gentle flexing and stretching actions, this technique is also useful for treating pain and stiffness in a range of other areas, including lower back pain.

If you are suffering from leg pain, back pain or disc injuries, the specialist doctors at Northbridge Chiropractic can determine whether Cox Flexion Distraction is right for you.

Cox Flexion Distraction Technique

How Does Cox Flexion Distraction Work?

The Cox Flexion Distraction technique combines targeted pressure, movements, stretching and flexing to address disc problems and other spinal issues.

Through manual chiropractic techniques and table-assisted movement, Cox Flexion Distraction can:

  • Widen the diameter of the spinal canal
  • Relieve pressure inside your discs and on your nerves
  • Pull herniated discs back to their normal position to allow for healing
  • Reduce inflammation, pain, weakness, and numbness by addressing your herniated disc
  • Promote drainage of waste products from the disc and spinal canal
  • Restore normal motion and function to intervertebral joints

Cox Flexion Distraction at Northbridge Chiropractic

When you visit our clinic, our friendly chiropractors will determine if the Cox Flexion Distraction technique is right for you. Generally speaking, it is an extremely safe option for treating disc injuries, back pain and leg pain, and it may even be an alternative to spinal surgery.

If flexion distraction is the right option for you, we will ask you to lay face down on the Cox Flexion Distraction table. Also known as the Cox Chiropractic table, this device is designed to move in its upper or lower sections, depending on the target area. This movement gently distracts (stretches) and flexes the target area to realign and increase the space between your vertebrae.

The slow, gentle movement of the table is manually controlled via handles by our expert chiropractors. Our doctors move the table with one hand and apply precise pressure to the target area with the other in order to provide lasting pain relief.

Will the Cox Flexion Distraction Table Be Painful?

Cox Flexion Distraction is unlike other adjustment techniques because it replaces fast movements with a slow, gentle and rhythmic approach. This reduction in speed and pressure means that patients will not experience increased pain in most cases, making Cox Flexion Distraction ideal for rehabilitation, older patients, and those with arthritis or osteoporosis.

Who Can Benefit from Cox Flexion Distraction?

First introduced by American chiropractor Dr James M. Cox in the early 1960s, Flexion Distraction has been well researched and supported in the years since.

Among other things, it can help with conditions and symptoms such as:

Where Did the Diversified Technique Come From?

The Diversified technique is generally attributed to Joseph Janse and his 1947 co-publication “Chiropractic Principles and Technic”. Janse was an influential figure in the American and Canadian chiropractic communities and an essential voice in furthering the scientific basis of chiropractic care. While the exact origins of the technique remain unknown, its presence can be seen throughout his philosophies, his principles and his published works.

Find Relief with Northbridge Chiropractic

From sciatica symptoms to slipped discs and pain management, Cox Flexion Distraction may be the ideal chiropractic care for you. To discuss your options with our specialist doctors, make an appointment today.

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