June 26, 2014 — F/D Enterprise LLC recently published a peer-reviewed research paper in the Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association, May 2014. The research was conducted in a facility designed for such research and was funded by a grant from the National Center for Research Resources of the National Institutes of Health.
This project documents the effective use of a pressure transducer to objectively measure and train physicians in the proper force application of flexion distraction procedures. Ram Gudavalli, PhD, of Palmer Research Center and James M. Cox, DC, DACBR, of Cox Chiropractic in Fort Wayne, Indiana, are authors.
“The ability to add an objective tool to training physicians in the hands?on application of research?documented protocols is the direction today’s chiropractic training must go,” said Cox, who developed the Cox Technic Flexion Distraction Spinal Manipulation.
This pilot study measured the application forces of experienced physicians (15?33 years of practice) during flexion distraction application and compared them to those of novice physicians (recent graduates). The pressure transducer offers real?time feedback during the application.
During a brief training session with the pressure transducer that showed the readings of experienced physicians, the readings of novice physicians improved. The feedback is real?time, which offers excellent and immediate feedback for correction. Universally, the novice physician’s pressure was too light until the transducer feedback was given, and the physicians were able to adapt their pressure.
Prior to this pressure transducer, training in proper application forces for flexion distraction relied on verbal feedback from a patient participant who received the Cox flexion distraction adjustment from an experienced physician and then directed the next practicing physician in his or her application asking if his or her application is like what the other doctor was doing. This new pressure transducer brings objectivity to the training and practicality to the treating clinician who can transfer this knowledge to his or her practice.
Currently this pressure transducer is available for use during Cox Seminars, which trains physicians in the system of flexion distraction protocols.
For more information about Cox Technic Flexion Distraction and training, visit www.coxtechnic.com or call 800?441?5571.
Source: Maruti Ram Gudavalli, PhD, James M. Cox, DC, DACBR: Real?time force feedback during flexion?distraction procedure for low back pain: A pilot study. J Can Chiropr Assoc 2014; 58 (2):193?197