If you are suffering from back or neck pain, your physical therapist or chiropractor may recommend flexion distraction therapy. Flexion distraction is a gentle, nonsurgical technique that aims to improve spinal movement and resolve herniated or bulging discs. It can also take pressure off of injured nerves and alleviate pain from sciatica.
Flexion distraction is performed on a special piece of equipment called the Cox table, which was designed by Dr. James M. Cox, a chiropractic radiologist. The table features moveable parts that allow a therapist to isolate and treat specific sections of the spine. The therapist uses one hand to apply pressure to the vertebrae while using the other hand to direct the table to move in the desired direction.
The beauty of the table is that its movements are slow, rhythmic, and gentle, keeping the patient stable and comfortable while preventing any jerky motions that might cause further injury. It also provides support to the patient’s legs, arms, and head, freeing the spine to move easily move in different directions.
After undergoing this therapy, patients may experience an improved range of motion, a reduction in nerve pressure caused by herniated or bulging discs, and relief from sciatica symptoms. The technique can also promote a healthier spine by allowing flexibility-enhancing nutrients into the discs.
Performed by an experienced therapist, flexion distraction is usually completely pain-free. In fact, it can be performed on the most vulnerable of patients: those who are post-surgery or recuperating from a back injury. Many patients actually find the therapy to be quite enjoyable, as it can be soothing and relaxing.
Flexion distraction is a gentle therapy that can be used to treat pain from a host of health conditions. If you are wondering if it is right for you, contact us today!
You can also learn more by watching our Cox Flexion Distraction overview video and reading more on the Cox Flexion Distraction page.