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Touch is Part of Arctic Chiropractic, Sitkas Relieving Back Pain Care

There’s discussion of artificial intelligence and the future of robots and computers in our lives, the beneficial effect of human touch can’t be replaced. Chiropractic is a hands-on profession. Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka delivers hands-on Sitka 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 ignored in its influence on healing and isn’t ignored by your Sitka chiropractor as your pain-relieving treatment plan is set beginning with day one’s exam and throughout the entire treatment process.


Touch in the doctor-patient relationship is fundamental. A new study states that touch can initiate neuromodulatory effects to ease pain and ease patient anxiety about the pain. Researchers reported 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 spot the patient explains is painful. This confirms to the patient that the doctor gets the patient’s pain. Touch also extends into treatment for manual and manipulative treating physicians. (1) The effect of touch can’t be refuted. Your Sitka chiropractor at Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka recognizes that this is true and witnesses 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 Sitka 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) Science tries to quantify just how human touch affects back pain relief. Until that is done, chiropractic physicians like your Sitka chiropractor will embrace the effect of touch as they deliver spinal manipulation with their hands.


Chiropractors depend on their sense of touch in providing the appropriate forces to the spine, forces that provide 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 assisting doctors achieve that vital experience. With the chiropractic technique system utilized at Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka, research has reported 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 a bonus, in doing the research study to assess forces with patients, no serious adverse effects were found. “First, do no harm.”)  (5,6) The Cox® Technic flexion distraction procedures used at Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka are documented, gentle, and effective for easing pain and decreasing intradiscal pressures (7,8). That is a chiropractic treatment outcome combination our Sitka 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.

Schedule your next Sitka chiropractic visit today. Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka holds fast to our commitment to hands-on treatment for pain relief. No computer or AI system will replace your Sitka chiropractor’s hands! Visit us soon!

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