Touch is Part of Johnson Chiropractics Relieving Back Pain Care

November 10, 2020

For all the talk of artificial intelligence and the future of robots and computers in our lives, the beneficial effect of human touch can’t be supplanted. Chiropractic is a hands-on profession. Johnson Chiropractic offers hands-on Richmond chiropractic care. Chiropractic has a long history of effective manual manipulation and treatment for back pain, neck pain and related extremity pain. Touch cannot be dismissed in its contribution to healing and is not ignored by your Richmond chiropractor as your pain-relieving treatment plan is set beginning with the first day’s exam and throughout the whole treatment process.


Touch in the relationship between doctor and patient is central. A new study states that touch can initiate neuromodulatory effects to reduce pain and ease patient anxiety about the pain. Researchers wrote that the effect of touch starts with the confident handshake and continues through the physical examination, particularly when the physician doing the exam touches the spot the patient explains is painful. This confirms to the patient that the doctor comprehends the patient’s pain. Touch also influences treatment for manual and manipulative treating physicians. (1) The impact of touch cannot be refuted. Your Richmond chiropractor at Johnson Chiropractic knows this to be true and witnesses its effect every day 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 Richmond back pain, neck pain, arm pain, and sciatic leg pain.


A researcher commented 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 that is done, chiropractic physicians like your Richmond chiropractor will welcome the effect of touch as they provide spinal manipulation with their hands.


Chiropractors depend 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. Experience really refines the appropriate force application. Today, though, technology may be helpful in this area as force-feedback systems are helping doctors gain that vital experience. With the chiropractic technique system utilized at Johnson Chiropractic, research has reported just what those proper, pain-relieving forces are. (3,4) Force-measuring equipment has been created and incorporated into teaching and daily-use chiropractic tables. (As a bonus, in performing the research study to test forces with patients, no serious adverse effects were found. “First, do no harm.”)  (5,6) The Cox® Technic flexion distraction procedures used at Johnson Chiropractic are documented, gentle, and effective for reducing pain and decreasing intradiscal pressures (7,8). That is a chiropractic treatment outcome combination our Richmond chiropractic patients want.

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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.

Schedule your next Richmond chiropractic visit soon. Johnson Chiropractic holds fast to our commitment to hands-on treatment for pain relief. No computer or AI system will replace your Richmond chiropractor’s hands! See you soon!

Johnson Chiropractic offers pain-relieving chiropractic care that integrates touch, an important factor in relieving pain.