What is flexion distraction?

Flexion distraction, also known as Cox® Technic, is a technique chiropractors use to treat many spinal health conditions. It is a non-surgical approach with the goal of increasing spinal mobility and addressing bulging discs and disc herniations. This procedure is a great treatment option for patients who require a gentle, non-forceful way to take pressure off the spinal nerves.


What are the benefits of flexion distraction?

Flexion distraction can help:

  • Relieve pressure from the spinal nerves due to an injury, disc bulge, or herniation
  • Increase range of motion within the spinal joints
  • Provide a non-invasive alternative to surgery
  • Minimize symptoms of sciatica
  • Relieve pain and numbness
  • Decrease neck pain and headaches

How is flexion distraction performed?

This technique uses a custom table with movable sections that the chiropractor controls to distract, rotate and flex the spine. The movements are smooth and rhythmic with light amounts of pressure. In addition to movements from the table, the chiropractor uses manual techniques to manipulate the spine. The goal is to promote healing in the spine by allowing it to move correctly and take away tightness from the injury. This is possible because the table creates negative pressure that will pull the spine back into place. This technique also allows nutrients to flow into the spinal disc to help maintain well-articulated joints.


woman with back pain would benefit from flexion distraction

What health conditions can be treated?

There are many health conditions that can benefit from flexion distraction. Some common ones include:

  • Lumbar disc injuries (ruptured, bulging or herniated)
  • Lower back pain/stiffness
  • Leg pain
  • Sciatica
  • Arthritis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Sprain/strain
  • Scoliosis
  • Sacroiliac syndrome
  • Spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal)
  • Ankylosing spondylitis
  • Failed back surgery

Flexion distraction improves symptoms for many health conditions. Additionally, this treatment may be helpful if you are suffering from pain and have tried other treatment options without success. It sometimes can treat regions on the body other than the spine, such as the head, neck, and knees.

Is flexion distraction painful?

Flexion distraction is a gentle, non-forceful technique that is typically painless. For this reason, this treatment is a great option for individuals who are recovering from surgery, or who are in physical therapy. In fact, many patients even say it is relaxing.

Can it help me?

While most of us have experienced pain in our muscles and joints from time to time, for some people this pain becomes a chronic condition that can last for years. Consequently, the constant discomfort can influence patients to rely on pain medication, which can lead to nausea, dizziness, brain fog and more. Flexion distraction is a natural way to treat the same chronic pain instead of relying on medication to dull the symptoms. In addition, it has been proven to be effective and has been used by chiropractors for many years. If you are suffering from pain, you may be a good candidate. Contact us as soon as possible to make an appointment.