Liminality. Waiting. Transitioning. The holidays have many of us waiting and transitioning to holiday get-togethers
and a new year. Back pain has some of us New Roads back pain
and neck pain sufferers transitioning and waiting
on the arrival of pain relief, too.
The waiting is at times the hardest
part. Waiting for the big holiday and waiting for the relief of back pain or neck pain are accompanied by
anticipation. Exercising, breathing, and walking are beneficial
ways to cope with the liminality. New Roads Chiropractic Center is right beside our New Roads chiropractic patients as they wait.
HOW TO HELP YOURSELF THROUGH BACK PAIN’S LIMINALITY
Back pain specialists will frequently prescribe
ice/heat/exercise for home care. New reports are describing
how deep breathing exercises (particularly
the pursed-lips version which sufferers reported to be more calming and pleasant with a more
sense of control) (1), diaphragmatic deep breathing (6 breaths a
minute for 10 minutes two times a day for 4 weeks
effectively brought about positive outcomes to enhance
autonomic function by reducing sympathetic activity) (2), and
long-distance walking (which created time to be
in a ‘liminal space’ to ponder on one’s
struggles, find calmness, and process
current thoughts) (3) are useful.
New Roads Chiropractic Center supports any of these ideas to
augment the healing, pain-relieving course of action
with New Roads chiropractic services.
LIMINALITY IN BACK PAIN AND SCIATICA CARE
An interesting outcome from a study done
in the UK - SCOPiC (SCiatica Outcomes in Primary Care) – explained
the thinking state of ‘liminality’ many sciatica or sciatic
leg pain sufferers use to cope with their
pain and its recovery path. Researchers interviewed low back and sciatica sufferers. Sciatica arrives with
its own distinctive set of issues in terms of its
persistence and severity of symptoms. Researchers explained
the concept of “biographical suspension” as it related
to sciatica patients who tend to put life on hold while expecting an
eventual return to their prior, pain-free
selves, holding onto hope while also handling distress.
This is a type of ‘liminality’, the time between pre- and post-pain,
strengthened by a belief that sciatica is temporary and fixable, not a long-term illness.
Even those who experienced sciatic leg pain for a while
kept this belief. (4) New Roads Chiropractic Center is often
awestruck by the persistence of back pain and leg pain sufferers
to discover something that works for them. They frequently
consult a variety of healthcare
providers and try a variety of approaches as they just know there is help. New Roads back pain and
New Roads leg pain patients often find that relief when they finally
arrive at New Roads Chiropractic Center as we take
the time to clearly explain the spinal condition, its treatment,
its anticipated outcome, and its treatment plan comprising
the frequency of visits and the expected timeframe for
relief. The 50% Rule guides both: 50% subjective relief (how you
feel) along with 50% objective relief (via specific test findings) reduce
the treatment plan frequency by 50% (ex: daily visits change to
every other day). New Roads Chiropractic Center is always monitoring
the back and leg pain sufferer’s progress toward pain relief with the Cox®
Technic System of Spinal Pain Management.
CONTACT New Roads Chiropractic Center
Listen to this PODCAST
with Dr. Robert Patterson on The
Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he discusses how
what the patient expects influences their
pain relief with The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management.
Make your next New Roads
chiropractic appointment today. Waiting while transitioning from
pain to pain-relief is a time of hope mixed with a
little concern. New Roads Chiropractic Center knows this and has
the experience in walking this path with our low back pain
and sciatica patients. Liminality need not be experienced alone!