Touch is Part of Dr. Butwells Relieving Back Pain Care

November 10, 2020

There’s talk 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. Dr. Butwell delivers hands-on Georgetown chiropractic care. Chiropractic has an extensive history of valuable manual manipulation and treatment for back pain, neck pain and related extremity pain. Touch can’t be ignored in its impact on healing and isn’t ignored by your Georgetown chiropractor as your pain-relieving treatment plan is established beginning with day one’s exam and extending through the entire treatment process.


Touch in the relationship between doctor and patient is important. A recent report states that touch can produce neuromodulatory effects to ease pain and ease patient anxiety about the pain. Researchers reported that the effect of touch begins with the confident handshake and continues through the physical examination, particularly when the physician doing the exam touches the area the patient indicates 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 effect of touch can’t be negated. Your Georgetown chiropractor at Dr. Butwell knows this to be true and sees its effect every day and is happy to see its importance discussed in the medical literature for manual therapy’s beneficial role in the health care system for conditions like Georgetown back pain, neck pain, arm pain, and sciatic leg pain.


A researcher commented on a leading 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) Science seeks to quantify just how human touch affects back pain relief. Until then, chiropractic physicians like your Georgetown chiropractor will embrace the effect of touch as they provide spinal manipulation with their hands.


Chiropractors rely on their sense of touch in delivering the appropriate forces to the spine, forces that provide pain relief for the back pain and neck pain patient. Experience really refines the proper force application. Today, though, technology may help in this area as force-feedback systems are assisting doctors achieve that key experience. With the chiropractic technique system utilized at Dr. Butwell, research has documented just what those proper, 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 doing 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 Dr. Butwell are documented, gentle, and efficient for reducing pain and dropping intradiscal pressures (7,8). That is a chiropractic treatment outcome combination our Georgetown chiropractic patients want.

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

Make your next Georgetown chiropractic visit soon. Dr. Butwell is committed to hands-on treatment for pain relief. No computer or AI system will replace your Georgetown chiropractor’s hands! See you soon!

Dr. Butwell offers pain-relieving chiropractic care that integrates touch, an important factor in relieving pain.