Is Richmond Spinal Traction Face Down Or Face Up Best? Face Down!

January 23, 2018

Face up? Face down? When treating neck pain or low back pain that is a question for your Richmond chiropractor and for the spine researcher (and occasionally the interested patient!) concerning which position is most advantageous. For the Richmond back pain specialist who is a hands-on treating doctor, prone (face down) is more useful so he or she is able to get his or her hands on the spine. For your Richmond spine specialist, prone is definitely preferred as Cox Technic flexion distraction and decompression spinal manipulation is offered. At Johnson Chiropractic prone spinal care is our back pain relief domain, and research approves!


Johnson Chiropractic centers its Richmond chiropractic treatment on research. Johnson Chiropractic keeps up with new spinal care research. In a new study of traction, patient-rated disability and pain scores showed that traction in the prone position resulted in immediate and significant improvements. (1) Another study found that a hallmark of spinal traction may well lie in the fluid exchange in the disc as trunk muscle activity is minimal. (2) Johnson Chiropractic sees the values of relaxing the trunk muscles, enhancing the fluid exchange in the disc (as Johnson Chiropractic is well aware that nutrition of the disc relies on this and is the reason disc nutrition supplementation is regularly recommended as part of the treatment plan), and distracting the spine.


Johnson Chiropractic applies a special form of spinal distraction called Cox Technic that is research-documented and gentle in its ability to relieve back pain and neck pain.  In applying Cox Technic flexion distraction spinal manipulation for back pain relief, your Richmond chiropractor has you lie prone (face down) on a specially designed chiropractic treatment table that has a stationary chest support piece and movable support piece for your legs. Researchers note that the proper forces a chiropractor is to apply to the lumbar or cervical spine on this type of table with Cox Technic can be taught consistently for clinical reproducibility by chiropractors like yours at Johnson Chiropractic. This indicates that a patient can be treated by one trained chiropractor in much the same way as by another trained chiropractor. (3,4,5) Your Richmond chiropractor is so trained. Using the appropriate forces allows the best chance to reproduce the clinical back pain relief for Richmond low back pain patients as chiropractic researchers have recorded in their research studies. That is thrilling to your Richmond chiropractor and relieving to the Richmond chiropractic patients at Johnson Chiropractic!

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Listen to this PODCAST about a Cox® Technic physician’s personal experience with Cox Technic as well as his patient's whose improvement actually accelerated with prone spine manipulation treatment with Cox® Technic because supine (face up) treatment aggravated his pain.

Schedule your Richmond chiropractic visit with Johnson Chiropractic today. Your Richmond back pain relief treatment plan incorporates chiropractic treatment in the prone/face down position with Cox® Technic.

Richmond spinal traction applied lying face down – prone – is best according to the latest research. Visit Johnson Chiropractic.