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

Face up? Face down? When treating neck pain or low back pain that is an issue for your Richmond chiropractor and for the spine researcher (and occasionally the curious patient!) as to which position is most beneficial. 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 surely favored as Cox Technic flexion distraction and decompression spinal manipulation is used. At Johnson Chiropractic prone spinal care is our back pain relief department, and research agrees!


Johnson Chiropractic centers its Richmond chiropractic treatment on research. Johnson Chiropractic keeps up with new spinal care research. In a recent study of traction, patient-rated disability and pain scores showed that traction in the prone position brought about 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 notes 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 utilizes an exceptional form of spinal distraction called Cox Technic that is research-documented and gentle in its relief of 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 uniquely designed chiropractic treatment table that has a stationary chest support piece and movable support piece for your legs. Researchers state that the proper forces a chiropractor is to apply to the lumbar or cervical spine on such a table during Cox Technic can be instructed consistently for clinical reproducibility by chiropractors like yours at Johnson Chiropractic. This indicates that a patient can be treated by one trained chiropractor just like another trained chiropractor. (3,4,5) Your Richmond chiropractor is so trained. Applying the proper forces allows the best chance to reproduce the clinical back pain relief for Richmond low back pain patients as chiropractic researchers have documented in their research projects. That is thrilling to your Richmond chiropractor and alleviating 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 includes 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. 
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