This Well-Researched Technique Will Improve Your Pain, Range of Motion, Sleep Quality, Energy Levels, and More
One of the most effective and versatile chiropractic treatments Dr. Galante provides at Algonquin Chiropractic Center is the Cox Technic, also known as flexion-distraction. This well-researched, non-surgical, drug-free technique has proven useful in treating conditions including low back pain with or without leg pain and neck pain with or without arm pain.
Read on to learn about the Cox Technic, the conditions it treats, and the benefits it delivers.
What Is the Cox Technic?
The Cox Technic is a gentle adjustment procedure based on principles of both chiropractic and osteopathy. Dr. James M. Cox developed it about fifty years ago as a natural healing alternative to surgery. It often provides fast relief and is one of the most effective and well-researched techniques used in chiropractic care.
Your spinal vertebrae are separated by discs that consist of a fibrous exterior and a soft gel-like interior. If the disc “slips” or herniates the inner material can push through a tear in the rigid exterior, it can cause low back pain and narrow the spinal canal and compress the spinal nerve. This may result in pain going down the buttocks and into the leg, referred to as sciatica.
The Cox Technic relieves these painful conditions by gently and painlessly decompressing the spine. This decompresses spinal nerves and drops intradiscal pressure. The result is realignment and restoration of motion in the spine, as well as reduction of associated back, neck, arm, and leg pain.
Which Conditions Does the Cox Technic Treat?
This technique is among the most widely used in chiropractic care: 67% of chiropractic physicians report practicing it, and 25% of chiropractic patients receive this treatment. It’s utilized to treat a wide variety of symptoms and conditions, including:
- Tension and migraine headaches
- Degenerative disc disease
- Whiplash-type injuries
What Results Does the Cox Technic Produce?
The Cox Technic is one of the most well-researched techniques in chiropractic care. Federally-funded research has proven that the treatment successfully reduces intradiscal pressure, increases intervertebral disc height, and increases intervertebral foramen size. So, how does that benefit patients?
One review of 1000 case studies showed 47% of patients rating the results of the treatment as “Excellent” and 24% as either “Very Good” or “Good”. Typically, patients are expected to feel a 50% improvement to their symptoms within 3 to 4 weeks of regular care.
What do those results look like? Treatment with the Cox Technic results in:
- Significant pain relief
- Improvement in range of motion in the neck and lower back
- Improved sleep
- Increased energy
- Improved quality of life
- Fewer healthcare visits in the long run
For many conditions such as sciatica and stenosis, the Cox Technic has a higher success rate, longer-lasting relief, lower cost, and lower chance of complications compared to competing methods of treatment, including surgery, steroid injections, drugs, and physical therapy.
In fact, sciatica patients who receive conservative care utilizing the Cox Technic report equal improvement to their symptoms one year after the start of treatment compared to patients who received surgery! So, you can pay less money for a less risky, less invasive, yet equally effective treatment.
These improvements to pain and range of motion allow patients to return to the daily activities they could no longer do. Those activities range from getting back out on the green for some golfers, to simply being able to walk around the house without pain.
Dr. Galante is Certified in the Cox Technic!
Although 67% of chiropractors utilize the Cox Technic, only 2-4% are certified in it, which requires completion of two 30-hour courses, one in lumbar spine, one in cervical spine, as well as written and practical exams.
Dr. Galante at Algonquin Chiropractic Center earned his certification for the Cox Technic for Lumbar Spine at the National University of Health Sciences in 2001, and followed it up with a certification for the Cox Technic for Cervical Spine in 2017.
If you are suffering from back, neck, arm, or leg pain, or if you have questions about the Cox Technic and chiropractic care in general, call Algonquin Chiropractic Center to speak with a Dr. Galante today!