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

January 23, 2018

Face up? Face down? When handling neck pain or low back pain that is a question for your Georgetown chiropractor and for the spine researcher (and sometimes the interested patient!) about which position is most beneficial. For the Georgetown back pain specialist who is a hands-on treating doctor, prone (face down) is best so he or she is able to get his or her hands on the spine. For your Georgetown spine specialist, prone is definitely desired as Cox Technic flexion distraction and decompression spinal manipulation is used. At Dr. Butwell prone spinal care is our back pain relief department, and research agrees!


Dr. Butwell grounds its Georgetown chiropractic treatment on research. Dr. Butwell keeps abreast of13 current spinal care research. In a new 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 could lie in the fluid exchange in the disc as trunk muscle activity is minimal. (2) Dr. Butwell notes the positives of relaxing the trunk muscles, improving the fluid exchange in the disc (as Dr. Butwell knows nutrition of the disc counts on this and is the reason disc nutrition supplementation is often included in the treatment plan), and distracting the spine.


Dr. Butwell uses an exceptional 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 Georgetown chiropractor has you lie prone (face down) on a specially designed chiropractic treatment table that has a stationary chest support piece and mobile support piece for your legs. Researchers state 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 instructed consistently for clinical reproducibility by chiropractors like yours at Dr. Butwell. This means a patient can be treated by one proficient chiropractor like another proficient chiropractor. (3,4,5) Your Georgetown chiropractor is so trained. Applying the proper forces makes available the best chance to replicate the clinical back pain relief for Georgetown low back pain patients as chiropractic researchers have recorded in their research projects. That is thrilling to your Georgetown chiropractor and alleviating to the Georgetown chiropractic patients at Dr. Butwell!

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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 worsened his pain.

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

Georgetown spinal traction applied lying face down – prone – is best according to the latest research. Visit Dr. Butwell.