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Touch is Part of Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLCs Relieving Back Pain Care

There is discussion of artificial intelligence and the future of robots and computers in our lives, the positive effect of human touch can’t be replaced. Chiropractic is a hands-on profession. Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC delivers hands-on La Grande 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 La Grande chiropractor as your pain-relieving treatment plan is established beginning with the first day’s exam and extending through the entire treatment process.


Touch in the relationship between doctor and patient is central. A recent study states 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 spot 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 impact of touch can’t be refuted. Your La Grande chiropractor at Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC knows this to be true and sees its effect daily and is happy to see its importance presented in the medical literature for manual therapy’s beneficial role in the health care system for conditions like La Grande 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 La Grande chiropractor will embrace 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 key experience. With the chiropractic technique system utilized at Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC, research has documented 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 documented. “First, do no harm.”)  (5,6) The Cox® Technic flexion distraction procedures used at Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC are documented, gentle, and effective for relieving pain and dropping intradiscal pressures (7,8). That is a chiropractic treatment outcome arrangement our La Grande 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 La Grande chiropractic visit soon. Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC is committed to hands-on treatment for pain relief. No computer or AI system will substitute for your La Grande chiropractor’s hands! Visit us soon!

Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC offers pain-relieving chiropractic care that incorporates touch, an important factor in relieving pain. 
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