Are you hesitant or concerned about getting traditional chiropractic adjustments that involve twisting or cracking? If so, you’re not alone. Although the movements and sounds associated with chiropractic care are normal and safe, they can be startling or scary to new patients or those already enduring a lot of pain. Fortunately, there is more than one path to chiropractic health, including the Cox® Technic of flexion distraction.
The Cox Technic is spinal manipulation and decompression that helps patients with difficult and painful back conditions. Considered the “golden standard” in adjustment techniques, it is a non-invasive, non-surgical, no-force technique that provides many with a pain-relieving alternative to back surgery.
Developed by Dr. James Cox nearly 50 years ago, the technique gently treats spine and spinal disc pain with light pressure that decompresses herniated or ruptured discs to promote healing. By reducing pressure inside the disc, the treatment relieves pain in the spinal nerves and the surrounding areas.
“We use the Cox Technic for conditions like disc herniation's, spinal stenosis, severe muscle spasms, pinched nerves, or numbness or tingling in the arms or legs,” states Dr. Rick Gross of Quality Care Chiropractic.
“The Cox Technic method is a decompression style of adjusting the spine, so there is no twisting or cracking,” explains Dr. Gross. Doctors apply the technique by stretching a disc in small back-and-forth motions to pull it back where it belongs. Dr. Gross adds, “The patient feels a gentle stretch as the doctor mobilizes each spinal joint.”
The technique works to achieve correct spacing between the spine’s vertebrae to heal the connecting discs with issues, such as bulging, slipping, or herniation. These common problems create pressure that leads to pain, and, when the disc is back in place, both the pressure and pain are relieved.
It’s applied to specific areas with movements that are slow, gentle, rhythmical, and very smooth rather than rapid or jerky. Considering how much pain patients have been experiencing, many are pleasantly surprised at the gentle and easy treatment.
The well-researched and -documented Cox Technic has clear protocols for how to best employ it to achieve desired results. “The doctors at Quality Care Chiropractic are trained in using the Cox Technic of chiropractic adjustments and have been doing it for more than 20 years,” says Dr. Gross. The gentle, targeted pressure is safe and controlled by the trained chiropractor, and the non-invasive technique bears minimal risks.
It even can be a safer alternative to spinal decompression therapy because it can be better personalized by the chiropractor, who is able to adjust the amount of force in the technique to fit the patient’s situation.
The goal of Cox Technic is to create lasting pain relief and natural healing without the use of pain killers or surgery. The technique places spinal joints into normal, painless movements to restore spinal motion without pain.
Other benefits include improved circulation, relief of spinal nerve irritation, restoration of vertebral joints, increased range of motion, and better posture. In fact, the Cox Technic can work better than active exercise therapy to realign and restore range of motion affecting the spine.
“The results are amazing,” notes Dr. Gross. “Patients get a deep, effective adjustment, relieving a lot of pressure on the spine and increasing mobility and blood flow.”
“This kind of adjustment seems to get better results than other types of chiropractic care. Even if the patient was told they need back surgery, we have gotten significant results this way,” says Dr. Gross, adding, “We will pick the Cox Technic for patients when they are in severe pain and the idea of someone pressing or twisting their neck or back sounds terrible to them. The technique is designed to not aggravate the patient’s condition at all.”
Dr. Gross explains, “We can apply several types of adjustments each visit, depending on the patient’s condition and preferences. Some patients benefit from the Cox Technic on their lower back but do better with the traditional manual chiropractic adjustment on their neck. Our doctors tailor each treatment plan to match each patient’s needs and preferences.”
If fear of chiropractic cracks and pops is your lingering excuse for not getting treatments to reduce your pain, reach out to Quality Care Chiropractic at (630) 499-2225 to learn more about gentler yet effective alternatives, like the Cox Technic, that are right for you.Schedule an Appointment