Liminality. A time of waiting. A
time of transition. The holidays have many of us waiting and transitioning to holiday get-togethers
and a new year. Back pain has some of us Severna Park back pain
and neck pain sufferers waiting and transitioning
on a state of pain relief as well.
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 positive
ways to cope with the liminality. Back And Neck Care Center is right beside our Severna Park chiropractic patients as they wait.
HOW TO HELP YOURSELF THROUGH BACK PAIN’S LIMINALITY
Back pain specialists will often suggest
ice/heat/exercise for home care. New studies are describing
how deep breathing exercises (particularly
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 brought about positive outcomes to improve
autonomic function by decreasing sympathetic activity) (2), and
long-distance walking (which allocated time to be
in a ‘liminal space’ to contemplate on one’s
struggles, find calmness, and embrace
current feelings) (3) are beneficial.
Back And Neck Care Center supports any of these practices to
boost the healing, pain-relieving course of action
with Severna Park chiropractic services.
LIMINALITY IN BACK PAIN AND SCIATICA CARE
An interesting 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 deal with their
pain and its recovery path. The study has researchers
interview low back and sciatica sufferers. Sciatica is accompanied by
its own unique set of issues in terms of its
persistence and symptom severity. Researchers explained
the concept of “biographical suspension” as it pertains
to sciatica patients who seem to put life on hold while expecting an
eventual return to their prior, pain-free
selves, holding onto hope while also handling worry.
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 a while
maintained this belief. (4) Back And Neck Care Center is often
awestruck by the persistence of back pain and leg pain sufferers
to find a treatment that works for them. They oftentimes
talk with a variety of healthcare
providers and try many different approaches as they just know there is help. Severna Park back pain and
Severna Park leg pain patients often find that relief when they finally
arrive at Back And Neck Care Center as we take
the time to clearly explain the spinal condition, its treatment,
its expected 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) reduce
the treatment plan frequency by 50% (ex: daily visits turn to
every other day). Back And Neck Care 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 Back And Neck Care Center
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 Severna Park
chiropractic appointment soon. Waiting while transitioning from
pain to pain-relief is a time of hope mingled with a
little worry. Back And Neck Care Center understands 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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