Liminality. Waiting. Transitioning. The holidays have many of us transitioning and waiting to holiday gatherings and a new year. Back pain has some of us Augusta back pain and neck pain sufferers transitioning and waiting on the arrival 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 positive ways to deal with the liminality. Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic is right there with our Augusta 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 reports 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 per minute for 10 minutes two times a day for a month effectively generated positive outcomes to improve autonomic function by reducing sympathetic activity) (2), and long-distance walking (which allocated time to be in a ‘liminal space’ to reflect on one’s struggles, relish some calmness, and embrace current feelings) (3) are beneficial. Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic encourages any of these ideas to enhance the healing, pain-relieving process with Augusta chiropractic services.
LIMINALITY IN BACK PAIN AND SCIATICA CARE
A fascinating outcome from a study done 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. 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 explained the concept of “biographical suspension” as it related 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 form 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 experienced sciatic leg pain for a while maintained this belief. (4) Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic 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 many different types of healthcare providers and try a variety of approaches as they are confident that there is help. Augusta back pain and Augusta leg pain patients often find that relief when they finally arrive at Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic 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 guides 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). Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic is always monitoring 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 the role of patient expectations in their pain relief via The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management.
Schedule your next Augusta chiropractic appointment soon. Waiting while transitioning from pain to pain-relief is a time of hope combined with a little worry. Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic knows this and has the wisdom to walk this path with our low back pain and sciatica patients. Liminality need not be experienced alone!