Flexion-Distraction - Chiropractic Care, Ltd.
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Cox Flexion-Distraction manipulation (also called Cox Decompression Adjusting) is an effective and gentle technique used to treat certain spinal conditions, especially those associated with disc pathology.
Lower back disc problems can cause pain and/or numbness in the back, buttocks, hip and leg (Sciatica).
Disc problems in the neck often cause pain in the neck, upper back, shoulder, and arm, and may cause numbness in the fingers. These conditions can be treated with Flexion-Distraction to open the disc space thus relieving pressure on the affected nerve.
Cox Flexion Distraction decompression adjusting, a specialized form of chiropractic manipulation, has been shown in numerous studies to be an effective and safe technique for lower back pain and radiculopathy (Sciatica). In a randomized clinical trial comparing chiropractic treatment to physical therapy, patients with radiculopathy did significantly better with flexion-distraction treatment than with physical therapy. Dr. Ralph Kruse was one of the research clinicians during a study of flexion-distraction performed to the lower back (lumbar spine) of ten cadavers. In this study, flexion-distraction was shown to create a decrease in intradiscal pressure (i.e.: reducing pressure inside the intervertebral disc helping to decrease disc bulges), increased posterior disc height and opened the vertebral canal and intervertebral foramen by up to 28%. All of these physiological effects help to relieve pressure on pain-sensitive spinal nerves.
Flexion-distraction is one of the most well-studied chiropractic procedures. It has been shown to be effective for the treatment of disc herniation, degenerative disc disease and spinal stenosis as well as spinal subluxations. Numerous studies have also shown this procedure to be effective in treating the neck (cervical spine). Disc pathology (slipped and degenerative discs) in the neck can cause neck, upper back, shoulder and arm pain and numbness. Federally funded studies continue to be performed to help document the physiological mechanisms resulting in the clinical successes demonstrated from the use of flexion-distraction to both the neck and back.
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