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Does Cox Technique Spinal Decompression hurt?


Cox Technique Flexion Distraction and Decompression Spinal Manipulation.


Does it hurt?

I get this question all the time.   Being certified in Cox Technique Spinal Decompression, I end up seeing a lot of patients with complex spine conditions who are experiencing chronic and severe pain.  They are worried, and honestly, I don’t blame them.  They may have been hurt in the past by a practioner using a more forceful approach.  That being said, Cox Technique DOES NOT hurt, and I will use this blog post to explain why it will not hurt.

Before any treatment is ever done in my office it is important to determine if a prospective patient is a candidate for Cox Technique Spinal Decompression.  This is determined by taking a detailed history, thorough examination, and possible imaging (X-Ray and/or MRI).  Once we have ruled out pathology that would require emergency medical treatment, we can then begin Cox Technique treatments.

Tolerance Testing is the key!

I will carefully take your spine through the motions of Cox Technique and test every spinal level.  If we are able to move through all these motions without increasing pain, then we will continue with the treatment.  However, let’s say you can only tolerate 50% of the movements before the pain increases, then 50% will be our treatment starting point.  As you get better and start to heal, we will be able to increase the movements after a few visits.


You can always rest assured that Cox Technique will not hurt because a Certified Cox Technique practioner will ALWAYS carefully tolerance test.  No matter if you are suffering from disc herniation, spinal stenosis, degenerative scoliosis, failed back surgery syndrome, or chronic back pain, there is a good chance that improved quality of life is possible with Cox Technique.


Yours in health,

Ben Fonke, DC

Cox Technique Certified

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