Dr. Michael LeBel describes the new procedure developed to help alleviate pain caused by the spinal pressing on nerves.
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Male Speaker: There is a technique in chiropractic now that's called Cox Flexion Distraction. It has been developed and researched over the last 40 years by Dr. James Cox, who is in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He has designed not only the technique, he has also designed a very specialized chiropractic table that the patient is stabilized at the base of their neck, the base of their skull and their ankles and when the table is placed into motion, it causes decompression of the spine and that seems to be where a lot of professions, the medical profession as well as the chiropractic profession, are now finding a great deal of results, very positive results for the relief of pain. When you decompress the spine, you take pressure again off of this stuck to spinal cord or the exiting spinal nerves, which may have pressure exerted on them from things like a bulge protrusion, a herniation of a disk. You may have, I think, a condition called a spondylolisthesis, which causes a spinal stenosis that put pressure on the nerves all that subsequently causes pain. So, decompression helps to reduce that pressure all the while it is also working with a no force adjusting procedure to put the bones back in their proper articulating position. Now, does that mean that you're cured? No, it means that we have physically, mechanically taken away your pain by correcting misalignments in the spine by reducing compression causing pressure on the nerves. So you are mechanically relieved and will continue to have that relief and then, of course, our goal would be to decrease the frequency, decrease the number of times that we would want to see you. Certainly, early on, we would see you several times a week and then as you began to respond, we want to cut that back, so that hopefully we can get to you once a month and you would be out of pain. This technique is the only chiropractic technique that has ever been federally funded for research. The research has been done at The University of Health Sciences in Lombard, Illinois, which used to be The National College of Chiropractic. It's been done in conjunction with the Loyola Stritch School of Medicine and The Auburn University School of Medicine and the results that have been that it come from the research are that all of those conditions that I mentioned and pretty much any reason that you would have pain in your back, your neck or your low back can be relieved by that technique.
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