Cox Flexion Distraction

what is Cox Flexion Distraction?

Cox Flexion Distraction (CFD) is a chiropractic technique designed to treat a variety of spinal conditions, particularly those involving disc herniations, facet joint pain, and other conditions leading to back and neck pain. Here are the key points about Cox Flexion Distraction:

  1. Technique: It involves the use of a specialized chiropractic table that allows the chiropractor to perform gentle, controlled flexion, distraction (stretching), and decompression movements on the spine. The patient lies face down on the table while the chiropractor applies specific, targeted movements to the affected spinal segments.

  2. Goals: The primary goals of CFD are to:

    • Reduce intradiscal pressure.
    • Increase the intervertebral disc height.
    • Improve range of motion in the spine.
    • Reduce pain and inflammation.
    • Enhance spinal function and overall patient well-being.
  3. Conditions Treated:

    • Herniated or bulging discs.
    • Sciatica.
    • Spinal stenosis.
    • Degenerative disc disease.
    • Facet joint syndrome.
    • Spondylolisthesis.
  4. Benefits:

    • Non-surgical and conservative approach to spinal care.
    • Gentle and controlled, making it suitable for patients who may not tolerate more forceful adjustments.
    • Can be used in conjunction with other chiropractic techniques and therapies.
  5. Procedure: During a CFD session, the chiropractor will:

    • Position the patient on the Cox table.
    • Apply manual pressure and movements to flex and distract the spine.
    • Use the table’s motorized or manually operated sections to assist in the movements.
    • Adjust the procedure based on the patient’s condition and response to treatment.

  6. Effectiveness: Studies and clinical practice have shown that CFD can be effective in reducing pain and improving function in patients with specific spinal disorders. However, the effectiveness may vary depending on the individual’s condition and overall health.

Patients considering Cox Flexion Distraction should consult with a qualified chiropractor to determine if this technique is appropriate for their specific condition and needs.

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