Cox Flexion-Distraction Technique is a gentle chiropractic adjusting technique for lower back pain. Its procedures were established by Dr. James M. Cox and have evolved over the past 40+ years due to the many efforts of researchers and fellow chiropractic physicians. Cox technique is a safe alternative to back surgery for those 95 % of patients whose conditions do not require back surgery. Cox technique may help relieve pain from disc herniations, failed back surgery syndromes, leg pain (sciatica) and many lower back pain syndromes.
During a treatment, the patient lies on their stomach while the doctor concentrates on one specific area of the spine to relieve muscle spasm and open the vertebral canal to give nerves more space so that pain-producing pressure is reduced.