Liminality. A time of waiting. A
time of transition. The holidays have many of us transitioning and
waiting to holiday gatherings
and a new year. Back pain has many of us Minster back pain
and neck pain sufferers transitioning and waiting
on a state of pain relief as well.
The waiting is sometimes the hardest
part. Waiting for the big holiday and waiting for the relief of back pain or neck pain are filled with
anticipation. Exercising, breathing, and walking are beneficial
ways to cope with the liminality. Minster Chiropractic Center is right beside our Minster chiropractic patients as they wait.
HOW TO HELP YOURSELF THROUGH BACK PAIN’S LIMINALITY
Back pain specialists will frequently suggest
ice/heat/exercise for home care. New studies are showing that deep breathing exercises (especially
the pursed-lips version which patients reported as more calming
and pleasant with stronger
sense of control) (1), diaphragmatic deep breathing (6 breaths a
minute for 10 minutes two times a day for 4 weeks
effectively produced positive outcomes to enhance
autonomic function by decreasing sympathetic activity) (2), and
long-distance walking (which allocated time to be
in a ‘liminal space’ to ponder on one’s
struggles, find calmness, and process
current feelings) (3) are beneficial.
Minster Chiropractic Center encourages any of these ideas to
enhance the healing, pain-relieving process
with Minster chiropractic services.
LIMINALITY IN BACK PAIN AND SCIATICA CARE
A fascinating outcome from a study performed
in the UK - SCOPiC (SCiatica Outcomes in Primary Care) – explained
the thoughtful state of ‘liminality’ many sciatica or sciatic
leg pain sufferers employ to cope with their
pain and its path to recovery. The study has researchers
interview sciatic low back
pain sufferers. Sciatica is accompanied by
its own unique set of issues in terms of its
persistence and severity of symptoms. Researchers described
the concept of “biographical suspension” as it applies
to sciatica patients who tend to put life on hold while expecting an
ultimate return to their prior, pain-free
selves, holding onto hope while also handling worry.
This is a form of ‘liminality’, the time between pre- and post-pain,
bolstered by a belief that sciatica is a passing
problem that is fixable, not a long-term illness.
Even those who experienced sciatic leg pain for a while
maintained this belief. (4) Minster Chiropractic Center is manytimes
amazed by the persistence of back pain and leg pain sufferers
to discover something that works for them. They frequently
consult many different types of healthcare
providers and try a variety of approaches as they are
confident that there is help. Minster back pain and
Minster leg pain patients often find that relief when they finally
arrive at Minster Chiropractic Center as we take
the time to clearly explain the spinal problem, its treatment,
its expected outcome, and its treatment plan including the frequency of visits and the expected timeframe for
relief. The 50% Rule directs 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). Minster Chiropractic Center constantly monitors
the back and leg pain sufferer’s progress toward pain relief with the Cox®
Technic System of Spinal Pain Management.
CONTACT Minster Chiropractic Center
Listen to this PODCAST
with Dr. Robert Patterson on The
Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he shares the role of patient expectations in their
pain relief with The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management.
Make your next Minster
chiropractic appointment soon. Waiting while transitioning from
pain to pain-relief is a time of hope combined with a
little concern. Minster Chiropractic Center knows this and has
the wisdom to walk this path with our low back pain
and sciatica patients. Liminality need not be experienced alone!
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