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Cox Decompression


Cox Decompression, also known as Flexion Distraction, was originally developed in the early 1970s. The technique was refined by Dr Cox, who also designed a manipulation instrument to ensure that the technique was used effectively. Cox Decompression is a gentle adjusting procedure that does not use force. It makes use of special treatment tables that work with the body’s natural design to help it heal correctly.

Cox Decompression is particularly useful in helping to heal back and leg pain that may have resulted as a case of herniated, prolapsed, ruptured or bulging discs. Traditionally, these problems have been treated with surgery but Cox Decompression provides a safe alternative.

How Cox Decompression Works

Cox Decompression can work quickly, with some patients showing immediate improvement. The therapy works by using a special table that produces motions that are natural to the back. The table goes up and down (flexion and extension), side to side (lateral flexion), rotates, and can perform of all the previous simultaneously. Because all movements are slow and gentle, the therapy is suitable for everyone, even pregnant women, children and elderly patients.

The goal of the therapy is to open the space between the discs of the spine and to create a negative vacuum that draws the material of the disc back to its original position and thereby eliminating pain.

How Cox Decompression Can Help

If you do suffer from a prolapsed, ruptured, herniated or bulging disc, Cox Decompression may help to achieve the following:
  • remove pressure on fibres and nerves and improve circulation by increasing the height between the discs
  • allows the centre of the disc to assume its normal, central position
  • restores the joints of the vertebrae to their physiological relationships of motion
  • improves posture and movement while relieving pain, improving bodily function and enhancing wellbeing

Information courtesy of Dr Ilan Sommer at the Spine Institute, Melbourne. For more information visit


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