Chiropractic Cox Flexion Distraction Technique: Description and Benefits
In recent years, chiropractic care has seen an increase in popularity and reputation as people make the move across from conventional medicine. For the most part, people seem to have realized the benefits of the practice now that the majority of previous misconceptions have disappeared.
Today, we know chiropractic care is a valid technique for dealing with health issues while also allowing you to put health first. Rather than taking endless courses of medication, chiropractic care deals with the underlying issue and then allows the body to run at optimum levels to reduce the risk of injury and illness in the future. Within this, many different techniques have been made available. As you can tell from the heading of this guide, we’re going to be concentrating on one technique in particular here; cox flexion distraction technique.
What Is Cox Flexion Distraction Technique?
Offered here at Carpe Diem Chiropractic with Dr Meraz, the cox flexion distraction technique is commonly used for providing relief in the neck and back. Within these areas of the body, injury can be caused by misalignments of the vertebrae, whiplash, osteoarthritis, herniated discs, pelvic pain, fibromyalgia, discomfort during pregnancy, and many other back injuries. When we create a personalized treatment plan for healing and overall wellness, this technique is likely to feature.
Developed by Dr Cox (hence the name), this treatment is a non-force adjustment that helps to promote and encourage natural healing within the spine. Using principles from both osteopathy and chiropractic care, the technique has been known to negate the need for surgery in all types of back pain. Therefore, we can confidently say it’s one of the most effective techniques of all.
If we choose to use cox flexion distraction technique with your treatment plan, the ultimate goal will be to apply gentle traction or stretching in the lower spine; this allows for a decompression of the whole spine. During the treatment, a special table is used and this was originally designed by Dr Cox to optimize the efficiency of the technique. As opposed to a traditional treatment table, it has moving parts to separate the different sections of the spine.
As the treatment commences, the gentle pressure combines with the special adjustment table to utilize flexion distraction and decompression. As a result, the disc height in between the vertebrae should increase, the spinal column should decompress, and the spinal joints should reach a natural position. As long as they assume a proper alignment, this should allow you a full range of motion.
Often, gravity can affect treatment but the specialized table plays a role in neutralizing this somewhat. From here, gentle pressure can be applied to the most important areas as they begin to move through a natural range of motion. Typically, the movements will be repetitive and relatively slow to complement the gentle pressure. When carried out correctly, there shouldn't be any quick thrusts or movements of this type because this isn't the aim of the technique.
Benefits of Cox Flexion Distraction Technique
What does the technique offer? Why is it more professional chiropractors do use the technique than don’t? Ultimately, it has a number of benefits that fit in with the chiropractic mold and we’ve listed them below!
Biological Benefits - With all chiropractic care, the focal point will be on biology and what the techniques can do for your body and cox flexion distraction technique has a number of benefits in this area. Firstly, it will reduce the pressure within the disc thus reducing the pain and discomfort you’re feeling within the back. With pressure reduced, you can start to feel relief and it opens the door for all the other benefits we’re going to see.
Sticking with the biological benefits, there will also be an aim to widen the spinal canal and this is another benefit that’ll relieve the pressure right across the back. Running through every one of the vertebrae, the spinal canal is a cavity and it encloses the spinal cord so it’s an integral part of the body. If we can widen this and allow for more flexibility, it encourages improvement and realignment in a more natural position.
With these two benefits, it sets up the treatment to bring other benefits and it provides a platform on which we can build even further. With the spinal canal widened and the pressure within the disc reduced, this is very much the first step of the process completed.
Improved Range of Motion - Regardless of your injury and how it was caused, it’s likely to have resulted in a poor range of motion. Essentially, this means you can’t move your body in a natural motion. For example, you should be able to rotate your hips in a circle just as you should be able to bend forwards, backwards, and side-to-side without your back causing issues. If you’ve noticed an inability to bend all the way forwards or perhaps you’ve had to adjust the way in which you stand up from a seated position, the cox flexion distraction technique can help with this.
As the treatment progresses, you should notice an improved range of motion within the spinal joints, arms, neck, shoulders, and legs. As we said previously, the whole idea with chiropractic care is to encourage wellness in all areas of the body which is why this technique helps more than just your back.
Reduced Pressure on Spinal Nerves - Although this is one of the biological benefits, it deserves a section of its own because it’s essential for overall health. Known as spinal cord compression, this can occur anywhere in the back from the neck down to the lumbar spine. For the nerves in the spinal cord, they have a pivotal role in the function of the whole body. Running through the openings between the vertebrae, they carry messages to and from the brain, muscles, and other soft tissues.
If the spinal nerves are under too much pressure, it can lead to stiffness in the neck and back, numbness, cramping, hand/eye coordination issues, loss of feeling in the feet, loss of sexual ability, and weakness in the limbs. If this pressure moves down to the lower back, otherwise known as the lumbar region, the symptoms can become more problematic. For example, severe numbness can occur between and towards the back of the legs, intense pain can spread to both legs making it hard to walk or stand for a prolonged period of time, and some even lose control of their bowel or bladder control (or both).
As you can see, it’s fair to say the spinal nerves are an important part of our biology. With less pressure on the spinal nerves, the discomfort and aching sensation should reduce and your body should become more reactive to the treatment in the coming weeks and months.
Improved Posture - Regardless of age, correct posture is essential for long-term health because it allows our backs to sit in the normal position rather than being hunched over and being put under unnecessary pressure. When sitting, standing, and walking, the cox flexion distraction technique will improve your posture and ensure you don’t have issues further down the line.
Not only does good posture allow your bones and muscles to interact naturally, good posture will allow for deeper and easier breathing, improved digestion and circulation, it can make you look slimmer, and it’ll also give you a more confident appearance. Therefore, the benefits run deeper than just a healthy spine and this is why the technique is so popular.
Improved Circulation - If the spine isn't in its natural position, some of the essential systems within our bodies are going to be disrupted and this includes circulation. Once you’ve undergone some level of cox flexion distraction treatment, all the biological benefits we’ve seen up until now contribute to more efficient circulation and this allows the body to operate as normal.
Improved Nerve Communication - Ultimately, this ties in with the spinal nerves benefit and it means your nerves can send/receive messages from your brain efficiently. When communication breaks down after an injury, we lose control of our systems, it can lead to spasms, numbness, and complete loss of certain parts of our body. Once the spinal nerves have been freed, this risk is reduced and we regain complete control of all actions rather than having to put up with involuntary movements.
Improved Health Conditions - Finally, it works. Thanks to various pieces of research and studies, we now know the effectiveness of cox flexion distraction technique (when performed regularly and by a fully-qualified professional). Over the years, the technique has built a fantastic foundation of research and data for both short-term and long-term care.
When patients experience pain in the neck, lower back, arms, and legs, cox flexion distraction technique is a valid technique to use and it helps to avoid the use of medication and surgery. What’s more, it can also be used to reduce pain with slipped, herniated, or ruptured discs, sciatica, and a host of other ailments.
Even after this, it can be adopted as part of the rehabilitation process after spinal surgery. With no pain from the treatment, most actually find it quite relaxing. As a result of all this, and everything we’ve discussed, cox flexion distraction technique is now considered an effective methodology for pain relief.
Choosing Carpe Diem Chiropractic
At Carpe Diem Chiropractic, we pride ourselves on offering the best possible service to allow for the best possible results. Along with Dr Meraz, who is highly-qualified and experienced within the chiropractic industry, we have a team of professionals all ready and waiting to help.
From the moment you walk into the office, we want you to feel calm and relaxed. In the initial consultation, we can discuss your problems before then creating a personalized treatment plan depending on your needs. As you’ve seen today, cox flexion distraction technique has several uses in chiropractic care whether it’s to avoid surgery, to supplement surgery, or in the recovery phase after surgery.
If the problem can be fixed without the need for surgery and medication, this will be the desired target all around as it allows you to escape the many side effects that come with these two solutions. In addition to this, you also get a boost towards overall wellness since this is our main target. Not only do we want you to overcome the problems you’re currently experiencing, we also want you to stay healthy for years to come!