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

Face up? Face down? When treating neck pain or low back pain that is a question for your Preston chiropractor and for the spine researcher (and occasionally the interested patient!) about which position is most advantageous. For the Preston 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 Preston spine specialist, prone is certainly desired as Cox Technic flexion distraction and decompression spinal manipulation is offered. At Chiropractic Associates prone spinal care is our back pain relief domain, and research approves!


Chiropractic Associates bases its Preston chiropractic treatment on research. Chiropractic Associates keeps up with current 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 reported that a hallmark of spinal traction might lie in the fluid exchange in the disc as trunk muscle activity is minimal. (2) Chiropractic Associates perceives the advantages of relaxing the trunk muscles, enhancing the fluid exchange in the disc (as Chiropractic Associates is well aware that nutrition of the disc relies on this and is the reason disc nutrition supplementation is often recommended as part of the treatment plan), and distracting the spine.


Chiropractic Associates applies a special form of spinal distraction called Cox Technic that is documented in the medical research literature and gentle in its relief of back pain and neck pain.  In using Cox Technic flexion distraction spinal manipulation for back pain relief, your Preston chiropractor has you lie prone (face down) on a uniquely designed chiropractic treatment table that has a non-moving chest support piece and movable support piece for your legs. Researchers document that the proper forces a chiropractor is to apply to the lumbar or cervical spine on such a table with Cox Technic can be instructed reliably for clinical reproducibility by chiropractors like yours at Chiropractic Associates. This indicates that a patient can be treated by one trained chiropractor just like another trained chiropractor. (3,4,5) Your Preston chiropractor is trained in this. Using the proper forces allows the best opportunity to reproduce the clinical back pain relief for Preston low back pain patients as chiropractic researchers have recorded in their research studies. That is exciting to your Preston chiropractor and relieving to the Preston chiropractic patients at Chiropractic Associates!

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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 really increased with prone spine manipulation treatment with Cox® Technic because supine (face up) treatment aggravated his pain.

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

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