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Touch is Part of OrthoIllinois Chiropractics Relieving Back Pain Care

For all the news of artificial intelligence and the future of robots and computers in our lives, the benefit of human touch cannot be supplanted. Chiropractic is a hands-on profession. OrthoIllinois Chiropractic delivers hands-on McHenry chiropractic care. Chiropractic has an extensive history of valuable manual manipulation and treatment for back pain, neck pain and related extremity pain. Touch cannot be dismissed in its impact on healing and isn’t ignored by your McHenry chiropractor as your pain-relieving treatment plan is implemented beginning with the first day’s exam and extending through the entire treatment process.


Touch in the doctor-patient relationship is central. A new 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 begins with the confident handshake and extends through the physical examination, particularly when the examining physician touches the area the patient says is painful. This lets the patient know that the doctor comprehends the patient’s pain. Touch also extends into treatment for manual and manipulative treating physicians. (1) The effect of touch cannot be negated. Your McHenry chiropractor at OrthoIllinois Chiropractic knows this to be true and witnesses its effect daily and is pleased to see its importance discussed in the medical literature for manual therapy’s beneficial role in the health care system for conditions like McHenry back pain, neck pain, arm pain, and sciatic leg pain.


A researcher commented on an influential study’s outcomes regarding 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 McHenry chiropractor will welcome the effect of touch as they deliver spinal manipulation with their hands.


Chiropractors rely on their sense of touch in providing the proper forces to the spine, forces that deliver pain relief for the back pain and neck pain patient. Experience really refines the proper force application. Today, though, technology may be helpful in this area as force-feedback systems are helping doctors acquire that key experience. With the chiropractic technique system used at OrthoIllinois Chiropractic, research has documented just what those appropriate, pain-relieving forces are. (3,4) Force-measuring equipment has been developed and incorporated into teaching and daily-use chiropractic tables. (As an extra, in performing the research study to assess forces with patients, no serious adverse effects were produced. “First, do no harm.”)  (5,6) The Cox® Technic flexion distraction procedures used at OrthoIllinois Chiropractic are documented, gentle, and efficient for relieving pain and decreasing intradiscal pressures (7,8). That is a chiropractic treatment outcome combination our McHenry chiropractic patients seek.

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Check out 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 McHenry chiropractic visit soon. OrthoIllinois Chiropractic is committed to hands-on treatment for pain relief. No computer or AI system will substitute for your McHenry chiropractor’s hands! See you soon!

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