Flexion-Distraction (Cox Technique)

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Flexion-Distraction (Cox Technique)

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If you are looking for an effective treatment option for your injuries, then the flexion-distraction technique could be right for you. The Cox technique uses a flexion-distraction table to help you recover from your injuries naturally, limiting possible complications and side effects. At Houston Spine & Rehabilitation Centers, it would be our pleasure to use this technique to help you. Learn more about how this treatment option can put you in the best position possible to recover.

The Cox Technique

The Cox flexion distraction technique is a gentle procedure that encourages the spine to heal naturally. The goal is to help the back recover from a number of injuries without requiring surgery. This limits possible complications and side effects.

During this technique, a trained doctor will apply a light amount of traction to the lower spine. By stretching the spine slowly, it is possible to alleviate pressure on a variety of structures in the spinal cord itself. Using a special table and slight pressure, the Cox technique uses decompression to increase the amount of space between the vertebrae, for storing the proper range of motion of the spine. The chiropractors in The Woodlands can also adjust different parts of the table to use not only pressure but also gravity to put the spine in the proper alignment.

The Flexion-Distraction Table

The flexion-distraction table plays an important role in the treatment process. This table is designed to move as your spine is aligned. Even though the chiropractor will use pressure to stretch out the spine slightly, the chiropractor will also adjust the table as he or she goes. Depending on where the vertebrae are located in your back, the chiropractor will adjust the table to make the treatment option more effective. If the chiropractor uses adjustments and manipulations to properly align your spine, he or she will also change the position of the individual components of the table to alleviate back pain and decompress your vertebrae.

Conditions Treated

There are a number of conditions that can be treated using the Cox chiropractic technique. A few key examples include:

Chiropractor doing the flexion distraction technique to a female patient

Lumbar Disc Injuries (Lower Back)

If you have been diagnosed with an injury involving a lumbar disk, then the Cox chiropractic technique can be used to treat this condition.

Bulging Discs

If your chiropractor has told you that you have one or more disks that are bulging out of the spinal cord, you might be suffering from chronic pain, which can be treated with the Cox flexion-distraction technique.

Herniated Discs

The flexion-distraction technique can also be used to treat herniated discs. The most common location for a herniated disc is between L3 and L4 or between L4 and L5. The cocks technique could keep you out of the operating room.

Degenerative Spinal Conditions

If you have degenerative spinal conditions, such as degenerative disc disease, flexion-distraction therapy could help you recover.

Spinal Stenosis

Spinal stenosis can lead to narrowing of the spinal canal, causing nerve pain to develop. Flexion-distraction therapy could help you recover from spinal stenosis.

Chronic Back Pain

A flexion-distraction table also plays a critical role in the treatment of chronic back pain. Chronic back pain has a wide variety of causes.

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Leg Pain

If you suffer from chronic leg pain, including shooting pains that travel down your legs, this treatment option could help you recover.

Sciatica Pain

Flexion-distraction therapy can also help you recover from sciatica. Sciatica is caused by chronic inflammation involving the sciatic nerve.


Arthritis is one of the most common causes of chronic pain. The Cox flexion distraction technique could help you treat arthritis.

Post-Surgical Back Pain

If you have chronic pain following surgery, flexion-distraction treatment could be right for you.

Flexion-Distraction Therapy in The Woodlands and Houston

At Houston Spine & Rehabilitation Centers, it would be our pleasure to use flexion-distraction therapy in Texas to help you out. Contact us today to make an appointment by calling (281) 362-0006.

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