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Flexion Distraction Therapy

Flexion distraction therapy was developed by Dr James Cox (Chiropractor) in the USA. It is non-surgical, practitioner-controlled, hands-on spinal manipulation performed with the patient lying on a flexion distraction table. This table has a fulcrum at the lumbar spine that permits the effective administration of flexion distraction and decompression of the lumbar spine.

Cox flexion distraction technique is a slow, rhythmic, oscillatory and gentle "push, pull, pumping" effect on the intervertebral disc space allowing these benefits:

1) Increases the intervertebral disc height to remove tension on the annular fibres and spinal nerve by making more room and improving circulation.

2) Drop pressure within the nucleus pulposus of the intervertebral disc by up to 192mmHg.

3) Increases the area of the intervertebral foramen by up to 28% to relieve pressure on spinal nerves.

4) Restores intervertebral joints to their normal motion and function.

5) Afferentation or stimulation of joint mechanoreceptors to have a reflex inhibition of pain signals and muscles spasm.

5) Promotion of drainage of waste products and chemical pain mediators out of the disc and spinal canal, and improved diffusion of circulation and nutrients into the disc.

Reference: The Basic Science Study Regarding the Application of Flexion Distraction in the Lumbar Spine, 1994-1997, Health Resources & Services Administration, Researchers at National University of Health Sciences and Loyola University were led by Ram Gudavali PhD and A.G.Patwardhan PhD.

 

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The goal of flexion distraction is to stimulate the healing of spinal disc injuries, reduce pain, restore function and ultimately to avoid spinal surgery.

Flexion distraction is appropriate for conditions causing low back and leg pain as well as neck and arm pain. It also reduces pain associated with the following conditions:

  • disc herniation/ protrusion / prolapse/ sciatica
  • facet syndrome
  • spinal stenosis
  • spondylolisthesis
  • spinal degeneration
  • Post-surgical back pain
  • other conditions

The goal of Cox flexion distraction technique is to achieve 50% relief of pain (measured subjectively and objectively) in 30 days. If 50% relief is not attained an alternative treatment plan, referral for diagnostic imaging and/ or referral to a neurosurgeon will be considered.

At Body to Balance we are proud to say that we're one of the few chiropractic clinics in Melbourne offering a certified Cox Flexion Distraction Technic practitioner, as we know by having this technique we are offering the highest standard of care to our patients with low-back and leg pain.

See this video for a demonstration of Cox Flexion Distraction Technique:

The science of Cox Flexion Distraction Technique:



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July 21, 2018

Interesting how powerful the language used by a healthcare practitioner is on influencing their patients' mindset and recovery.

July 16, 2018

Recommended management for treating back pain (published in The Lancet, March 2018) as discussed with Curves Rowville members today:

First Line Management
• Advise to stay active
• Patient education
• Return to work plan
• Exercise therapy: walking, pilates, gym, yoga, swimming, group exercise etc.

Second Line Management
• Manual Therapy: spinal manipulation, remedial massage, acupuncture/ dry needling.
• Approximately 90% of cases of acute back pain should improve in 4-6 weeks with the above treatments
• Chronic back pain (more than 12 weeks duration) requires a multidisciplinary approach so consider continuing the above treatments in conjunction with psychology treatments such as cognitive behavioural therapy and mindfulness.

If Above Management Fails
• Diagnostic Imaging: If back pain is unresponsive to 6-12 weeks of above management consider X-ray, CT or MRI. In most cases of acute back pain diagnostic imaging is not necessary as the condition improves in 4-6 weeks and imaging does not change the diagnosis or management. Exceptions are worsening neurological deficits, trauma, history of cancer etc.
• Drugs: Non Steroidal Inflammatory Drugs may have some limited benefit for acute back pain but very little benefit for chronic back pain. Opioids or pain killers have no real benefit for back pain.
• Surgery: Most surgeries are as effective or if not less effective than exercise and conservative management as listed above. There are certain indications for surgery such as instability and worsening neurological deficits.

July 10, 2018

Conditions like spinal disc bulges and spinal disc degeneration are normal physiological processes that also occur in the population without back pain.

June 28, 2018

If you are considering orthopaedic surgery have a look at this episode of Insight to help you make an informed decision.

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