The Cox Technique, Flexion and Distraction Decompression is the gentle, safe, controlled treatment for spinal pain relief. The Cox Technique protocols are attainable with the right understanding and cooperation between doctor and patient. It takes time to heal a disc and time to recover from spine involved injuries. The pain from an inflammed disc is severe, relentless and difficult to manage. Patient education, home therapies and treatments provided by your doctor will help decrease healing time. The disc needs to heal sufficiently to withstand all the normal pressure of day-to-day living and learning to manage your disc is as important to the doctors as the treatment.
It is a non-surgical, doctor-controlled, hands-on spinal manipulation performed with the patient lying on The Cox Table; this table permits the effective administration of flexion-distraction and decompression adjustment. Cox Technique can be utilized on the entire spine.
Disc Related Pain Conditions:
Patients with a "slipped/bulging/ruptured/herniated"disc (without cauda equina syndrome or progressive neurological deficit); the Cox Technique has a proven track record to relieve pain. The amount of time is approximately 29 days and an average of 12 visits.
Non-Disc Related Pain Conditions:
Patients with other conditions causing back pain (facet syndrome, spondylolisthesis, sprain/strain, scoliosis, transitional vertebra, sacroiliac subluxation, stenosis), Cox Technique works toward all of the above goals plus the ability to place the spinal joints into normal, painless movements so as to restore spinal motion without pain.
Well researched and documented flexion-distraction and decompression helps relieve spinal pain and return patients to their desired quality of life by …
The posterior disc space increases in height
Flexion decreases disc protrusion and reduces stenosis. Note: Discs protrude and degenerate into the concavity of a curve, into the side of extension.
Flexion stretches the ligamentum flavum to reduce stenosis.
Flexion opens the vertebral canal by 2 mm (16%) or 3.5 to 6 mm more than extension.
Flexion increases metabolite transport into the disc.
Flexion opens the apophyseal joints and reduces posterior disc stress.
The nucleus pulposus does not move on flexion. Intradiscal pressure drops under distraction to below 100 mm Hg. On extension the nucleus or annulus is seen to protrude posterior into the vertebral canal.
Intervertebral foraminal openings enlarge giving patency to the nerve.
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