Touch is Part of Rethwill Chiropractic Clinics Relieving Back Pain Care

There is talk of artificial intelligence and the future of robots and computers in our lives, the beneficial effect of human touch cannot be replaced. Chiropractic is a hands-on profession. Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic delivers hands-on Eugene chiropractic care. Chiropractic has a long history of valuable manual manipulation and treatment for back pain, neck pain and related extremity pain. Touch cannot be dismissed in its contribution to healing and isn’t ignored by your Eugene chiropractor as your pain-relieving treatment plan is established beginning with the first day’s exam and throughout the entire treatment process.


Touch in the doctor-patient relationship is fundamental. A recent report shares that touch can produce neuromodulatory effects to reduce pain and reduce}decrease patient anxiety about the pain. Researchers stated that the effect of touch starts with the confident handshake and extends through the physical examination, especially when the physician conducting the exam touches the area the patient says is painful. This confirms to the patient that the doctor gets the patient’s pain. Touch also influences treatment for manual and manipulative treating physicians. (1) The impact of touch can’t be denied. Your Eugene chiropractor at Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic knows this to be true and sees its effect daily and is pleased to see its importance presented in the medical literature for manual therapy’s beneficial role in the health care system for conditions like Eugene back pain, neck pain, arm pain, and sciatic leg pain.


A researcher remarked on a leading study’s outcomes about the effect of spinal manipulation and exercise for back pain relief: “the data are compatible with a non-specific effect caused by touch.” (2) Human touch has an effect that science seeks to quantify. Until then, chiropractic physicians like your Eugene chiropractor will welcome the effect of touch as they deliver spinal manipulation with their hands.


Chiropractors rely on their sense of touch in delivering the proper forces to the spine, forces that deliver pain relief for the back pain and neck pain patient. It takes experience to really refine the appropriate force application. Today, though, technology may help in this area as force-feedback systems are helping doctors gain that vital experience. With the chiropractic technique system utilized at Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic, research has reported just what those proper, pain-relieving forces are. (3,4) Force-measuring equipment has been developed and integrated into teaching and daily-use chiropractic tables. (As a bonus, in performing the research study to assess forces with patients, no serious adverse effects were documented. “First, do no harm.”)  (5,6) The Cox® Technic flexion distraction procedures used at Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic are documented, gentle, and effective for reducing pain and decreasing intradiscal pressures (7,8). That is a chiropractic treatment outcome combination our Eugene chiropractic patients seek.

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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. James Cox on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he explained how Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management and chiropractic treatment may influence via senses like touch.

Set your next Eugene chiropractic visit soon. Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic holds fast to our commitment to hands-on treatment for pain relief. No computer or AI system will replace your Eugene chiropractor’s hands! Come by soon!

Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic offers pain-relieving chiropractic care that incorporates touch, an important factor in relieving pain. 
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