Liminality. Waiting. Transitioning. The holidays have many of us transitioning and waiting to holiday get-togethers and a new year. Back pain has many of us Easley back pain and neck pain sufferers transitioning and waiting on a state of pain relief as well. The waiting is at times the toughest 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. Young Chiropractic is right beside our Easley chiropractic patients as they wait.
HOW TO HELP YOURSELF THROUGH BACK PAIN’S LIMINALITY
Back pain specialists will often assign ice/heat/exercise for home care. New studies are showing that deep breathing exercises (especially the pursed-lips version which patients reported to be more calming and pleasant with a more sense of control) (1), diaphragmatic deep breathing (6 breaths per minute for 10 minutes twice a day for a month effectively brought about positive outcomes to enhance autonomic function by decreasing sympathetic activity) (2), and long-distance walking (which allowed for time to be in a ‘liminal space’ to contemplate on one’s struggles, find calmness, and embrace current feelings) (3) are useful. Young Chiropractic encourages any of these ideas to enhance the healing, pain-relieving process with Easley 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 thinking state of ‘liminality’ many sciatica or sciatic leg pain sufferers employ to manage their pain and its recovery path. Researchers interviewed low back and sciatica sufferers. Sciatica comes with its own unique set of issues in terms of its persistence and symptom severity. Researchers described the concept of “biographical suspension” as it pertains to sciatica patients who seem to put life on hold while expecting an ultimate return to their previous, pain-free selves, holding onto hope while also managing distress. This is a type of ‘liminality’, the time between pre- and post-pain, held up by a belief that sciatica is a passing problem that is fixable, not a long-term illness. Even those who had sciatic leg pain for some time maintained this belief. (4) Young Chiropractic is manytimes amazed by the persistence of back pain and leg pain sufferers to find something that works for them. They frequently talk with a variety of healthcare providers and try many different approaches as they just know there is help. Easley back pain and Easley leg pain patients often find that relief when they finally arrive at Young Chiropractic 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 directs both: 50% subjective relief (how you feel) along with 50% objective relief (via specific test findings) decrease the treatment plan frequency by 50% (ex: daily visits turn to every other day). Young Chiropractic constantly monitors the back and leg pain sufferer’s progress toward pain relief with the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management.
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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Robert Patterson on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he shares how what the patient expects influences their pain relief via The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management.
Make your next Easley chiropractic appointment soon. Waiting while transitioning from pain to pain-relief is a time of hope combined with a little worry. Young Chiropractic understands this and has the experience in walking this path with our low back pain and sciatica patients. Liminality need not be endured alone!