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 many of us Williamson 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 filled with
anticipation. Exercising, breathing, and walking are beneficial
ways to deal with the liminality. Apple Country Chiropractic is right beside our Williamson 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 showing that deep breathing exercises (especially
the pursed-lips version which patients reported to be 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 a month
effectively generated positive outcomes to enhance
autonomic function by reducing sympathetic activity) (2), and
long-distance walking (which created time to enter a ‘liminal space’ to contemplate on one’s
struggles, discover calmness, and process
current feelings) (3) are useful.
Apple Country Chiropractic encourages any of these ideas to
enhance the healing, pain-relieving process
with Williamson 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) – described
the thinking state of ‘liminality’ many sciatica or sciatic
leg pain sufferers employ to deal with their
pain and its recovery path. Researchers interviewed low back and sciatica sufferers. Sciatica arrives with
its own unique set of issues in terms of its
persistence and symptom severity. Researchers illustrated
the concept of “biographical suspension” as it related
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 controlling concern.
This is a form of ‘liminality’, the time between pre- and post-pain,
held up by a belief that sciatica is temporary and fixable, not a long-term illness.
Even those who experienced sciatic leg pain for some time
kept this belief. (4) Apple Country Chiropractic is often
awestruck by the persistence of back pain and leg pain sufferers
to discover something that works for them. They oftentimes
talk with many different types of healthcare
providers and try many different approaches as they are
confident that there is help. Williamson back pain and
Williamson leg pain patients are often relieved when they get to Apple Country Chiropractic as we take
the time to clearly explain the spinal condition, its treatment,
its expected outcome, and its treatment plan including 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 turn to
every other day). Apple Country Chiropractic constantly monitors
the back and leg pain sufferer’s progress toward pain relief with the Cox®
Technic System of Spinal Pain Management.
CONTACT Apple Country Chiropractic
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 via The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management.
Set up your next Williamson
chiropractic appointment today. Waiting while transitioning from
pain to pain-relief is a time of hope combined with a
little worry. Apple Country Chiropractic knows this and has
the experience in walking this path with our low back pain
and sciatica patients. Liminality need not be experienced alone!
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