At Burlington Sports Therapy, our Chiropractors use an array of treatment techniques. These techniques include (but are not limited to) active release technique (ART), graston, chiropractic adjustments, joint mobilization, laser therapy and exercise prescription. The purpose of this week’s blog is to simply mention that we occasionally use a Cox table. Perhaps an oversight on our website that we’ve never mentioned this!
Cox Flexion Distraction Table
The other week a new patient arrived at the clinic to see Dr. McDowall. This patient moved to the area recently and was looking for a practitioner who was able to treat her the same way her previous chiropractor treated her. The treatment was working well for her. Funny enough, a large component of this patient’s care was treatment using a Cox flexion distraction table, yet she couldn’t find a local practitioner who used this treatment approach. Although this isn’t mentioned on our website, the patient was very happy and relieved to see this table in our office!
One of the spinal mobilization approaches used by our chiropractors at Burlington Sports Therapy is called flexion-distraction, using what is called a Cox table. Although there is an actual “Cox Method” to treatment, we just use the table as our tool for encouraging lumbar mobility. When using this table, the patient lies on their stomach while the practitioner holds the lumbar spine and pivots the bottom end of the table from side to side and up and down. The purpose is to improve the patient’s lumbar mobility without using a high-velocity thrust. Perhaps an easy way to understand the purpose, the flexion-distraction table allows the practitioner to gently encourage motion at each level of the lower back so that the patient’s spine moves more like an accordion and less like a door hinge.
There are many ways to treat back pain, and there are many different approaches to Chiropractic care. I don’t believe that one approach is superior to another. Every patient responds differently to treatment, so I would remind and encourage those patients out there to explore the various approaches within the profession if you haven’t had any success to date. Unfortunately, I sometimes hear from patients that “chiropractic didn’t work” and when I probe further, I learn that they only saw one person and only tried one facet of treatment. Most practitioners have an array of ‘tools in the tool belt’, and if they understood that the treatment wasn’t working, they would likely have another suggestion for treatment.
Are you experiencing back pain? We can help! One of our chiropractors, physiotherapists, massage therapists or our athletic therapist would be more than happy to help you out. Give us a call!