Is West Des Moines Spinal Traction Face Down Or Face Up Best? Face Down!

Face up? Face down? When handling neck pain or low back pain that is an issue for your West Des Moines chiropractor and for the spine researcher (and occasionally the curious patient!) about which position is most beneficial. For the West Des Moines back pain specialist who is a hands-on treating doctor, prone (face down) is more useful so he or she can get his or her hands on the spine. For your West Des Moines spine specialist, prone is certainly preferred as Cox Technic flexion distraction and decompression spinal manipulation is used. At Executive Chiropractic of Iowa prone spinal care is our back pain relief department, and research agrees!


Executive Chiropractic of Iowa bases its West Des Moines chiropractic treatment on research. Executive Chiropractic of Iowa keeps abreast of13 new spinal care research. In a recent study of traction, patient-rated disability and pain scores demonstrated that traction in the prone position resulted in immediate and significant improvements. (1) Another study found that a hallmark of spinal traction could lie in the fluid exchange in the disc as trunk muscle activity is minimal. (2) Executive Chiropractic of Iowa sees the positives of relaxing the trunk muscles, enhancing the fluid exchange in the disc (as Executive Chiropractic of Iowa is well aware that nutrition of the disc counts on this and is why disc nutrition supplementation is often recommended as part of the treatment plan), and distracting the spine.


Executive Chiropractic of Iowa uses 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 West Des Moines chiropractor has you lie prone (face down) on a specially designed chiropractic treatment table that has a non-moving 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 during Cox Technic can be instructed consistently for clinical reproducibility by chiropractors like yours at Executive Chiropractic of Iowa. This means a patient can be treated by one proficient chiropractor in much the same way as by another proficient chiropractor. (3,4,5) Your West Des Moines chiropractor is so trained. Using the appropriate forces allows the best opportunity to replicate the clinical back pain relief for West Des Moines low back pain patients as chiropractic researchers have documented in their research projects. That is thrilling to your West Des Moines chiropractor and relieving to the West Des Moines chiropractic patients at Executive Chiropractic of Iowa!

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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 worsened his pain.

Schedule your West Des Moines chiropractic visit with Executive Chiropractic of Iowa today. Your West Des Moines back pain relief treatment plan includes chiropractic treatment in the prone/face down position with Cox® Technic.

West Des Moines spinal traction applied lying face down – prone – is best according to the latest research. Visit Executive Chiropractic of Iowa. 
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