This video shows nonsurgical spinal decompression therapy performed by Dr. Walter Tonyes, chiropractor at Scotchtown Chiropractic of Middletown NY. Spinal decompression therapy uses the Zenith Cox flexion table which is totally controlled by the chiropractor to help relieve back pain. Spinal decompression works by gently stretching the spine. You are strapped to the table so that as it moves it applies a distraction force to the targeted area of the spine (the compressed disc). That changes the force and position of the spine. This takes pressure off the spinal disks, which are gel-like cushions between the bones in your spine. For many of our patients, this treatment has relieved chronic problems where other methods have failed.

  • Zenith Cox flexion table uniquely blends chiropractic and osteopathic principles for spinal distraction.
  • Flexion distraction is non-surgical and fully controlled by the chiropractor’s hands
  • Reduce disk bulging, stiffness and improve circulation.
  • Relieves irritation on spinal nerves from bulging disks.


Flexion distraction method for treating spine conditions have been used by doctors of chiropractic since the early 1970s. Dr. James M. Cox developed the protocols and procedures and originated the Cox® Technic. The Zenith Cox flexion table uniquely blends chiropractic and osteopathic principles for flexion distraction which has been also referred to as spinal decompression. The technique has been refined through experimental research, worldwide lectures and publications of textbooks as well as many journal and web articles.

Painful disk related conditions treated:

For patient’s who have been diagnosed with a lumbar spine disk condition either described as herniation, ruptured, bulging, protrusion or slipped (without neurologic complications such as progressive neurologic loss or cauda equina syndrome) flexion distraction technique can:

  • Improve lumbar intervertebral disk height to reduce disk bulging and improve circulation.
  • Reduce lumbar intradiscal pressure, reduces pressure on spinal nerve roots and restores normal motion.
  • Relieves irritation on spinal nerves from bulging disks.
  • Improves intervertebral joint motion.
  • Improves posture, relieves pain and wellness.

The following conditions are effectively treated by Flexion Distraction Spinal Decompression

  • Lumbar disk herniation
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Uncomplicated spinal stenosis
  • Degenerative disk disease
  • Facet syndrome
  • Pelvic pain
  • Reduced lumbar range of motion
  • Lumbar subluxation
  • Patients’ who cannot tolerate side posture lumbar spine manipulation
  • Neurologic diseases such as sciatica (buttock or leg pain)


Dr. Tonyes has had extensive postgraduate training in topics such as rehabilitation, x-ray, MRI, diagnosis and treatment. He is a member of the American Chiropractic Association in addition has given many lectures to the community on health, nutrition and ergonomics in the work place. Over the years Dr. Tonyes has established a state of the art facility that provides comprehensive care to his patients that is second to none.

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