Liminality. A time of waiting. A
time of transition. The holidays have many of us transitioning and
waiting to holiday get-togethers
and a new year. Back pain has many of us Colorado Springs back pain
and neck pain sufferers waiting and transitioning
on the arrival of pain relief, too.
The waiting is occasionally the toughest
part. Waiting for the big holiday and waiting for the relief of back pain or neck pain are packed with
anticipation. Exercising, breathing, and walking are positive
ways to deal with the liminality. The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR is right there
with our Colorado Springs chiropractic patients as they wait.
HOW TO HELP YOURSELF THROUGH BACK PAIN’S LIMINALITY
Back pain specialists will frequently assign
ice/heat/exercise for home care. New studies are showing that deep breathing exercises (particularly
the pursed-lips version which patients reported as more calming
and pleasant with a more
sense of control) (1), diaphragmatic deep breathing (6 breaths per
minute for 10 minutes two times a day for 4 weeks
effectively generated positive outcomes to improve
autonomic function by decreasing sympathetic activity) (2), and
long-distance walking (which created time to enter a ‘liminal space’ to ponder on one’s
struggles, discover calmness, and process
current thoughts) (3) are useful.
The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR encourages any of these ideas to
enhance the healing, pain-relieving process
with Colorado Springs 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 use to deal with their
pain and its path to recovery. Researchers interviewed low back and sciatica sufferers. Sciatica arrives with
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 tend to put life on hold while expecting an
eventual return to their previous, pain-free
selves, holding onto hope while also handling worry.
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 a while
maintained this belief. (4) The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR is manytimes
amazed by the persistence of back pain and leg pain sufferers
to discover a treatment that works for them. They oftentimes
talk with many different types of healthcare
providers and try many different approaches as they just know there is help. Colorado Springs back pain and
Colorado Springs leg pain patients are often relieved when they get to The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR as we take
the time to clearly explain the spinal condition, its treatment,
its anticipated 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 turn to
every other day). The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR is always monitoring
the back and leg pain sufferer’s progress toward pain relief with the Cox®
Technic System of Spinal Pain Management.
CONTACT The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR
Listen to this PODCAST
with Dr. Robert Patterson on The
Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he discusses how
what the patient expects influences their
pain relief with The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management.
Schedule your next Colorado Springs
chiropractic appointment today. Waiting while transitioning from
pain to pain-relief is a time of hope mingled with a
little concern. The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR understands this and has
the wisdom to walk this path with our low back pain
and sciatica patients. Liminality need not be endured alone!