Cox Flexion Distraction is a very effective, safe, gentle, low-force, and non-surgical chiropractic procedure for resolving sciatica and back pain or neck pain due to a herniated disc.
Among different chiropractic techniques, Cox Flexion Distraction is certainly an excellent one for helping heal herniated discs and resolving sciatica.
What is Cox Flexion Distraction?
Cox Flexion Distraction, which is also known as Cox Technic, involves the use of a specially designed chiropractic table. Typically, the patient lays face down on this table. If the patient is in extreme pain, he/she could lay on his/her side.
To help a patient with sciatica or a herniated disc in the lower back, the chiropractor would move the section of the table below the patient’s waist while stabilizing the vertebrae just above the disc herniation. For instance, if the affected area is the fifth low-back disc, the chiropractor would gently stabilize the fourth low-back vertebrae and gently flex the lower part of the Cox table.
For herniated disc on the neck, similar to the procedure in the low back, the chiropractor would stabilize the vertebrae above the disc herniation and flex the table.
The procedure has a “suctioning” effect such that the herniated disc is slowly moved back in its normal place. This “suctioning” effect is not painful, but in fact very comfortable and soothing.
Because sciatica is often caused by a herniated or protruding disc in the low back, the suctioning effect relieves pressure on the sciatic nerve and therefore is also very soothing.
Effective for Herniated Discs and Other Back Pain
This Cox chiropractic treatment method works to eliminate sciatica and disc herniation naturally, and is also very effective in relieving pain, in either acute and chronic conditions. With 8 to 10 weeks of treatment, its success rate for eliminating lower back pain is between 89% and 95%. Not only can it resolve sciatica and lumbar and cervical herniated disc, but also resolve the following other causes of back pain:
- stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal)
- lateral recess stenosis (narrowing of the canal where the spinal nerves exit)
- lower back facet syndrome (lumbar facet syndrome)
- failed back surgery syndrome
Compared with a form of physical therapy, the Cox Technic was found to be more effective in reducing pain in one year in a clinical trial which was published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, September 2006.
Cox Flexion Distraction is Safe and Gentle
The “suctioning” effect from the Cox Flexion Distraction procedure is not painful, but rather safe and gentle. It gently opens up space in the irritated segment. It causes the affected disc to eventually move back to its proper place, thus effectively eliminating the cause of the pain and discomfort. When performed over an 8 to 10 week period, the herniated disc can heal up. Sciatica is also often resolved using this procedure over an 8 to 10 week period.
The chiropractic procedure is a low force technique. The chiropractor uses a gentle and controlled motion that causes any inflammatory byproducts to be mobilized from the area. In many cases, the patient is not subjected to increased pain and discomfort during the procedure. Many patients experience a reduction of frequency and intensity of pain during the treatment and as the treatment progresses through the prescribed treatment plan.