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Colorado Springs Back Pain Patients Tips for Waiting on Relief: Walking, Breathing, Walking

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.


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.


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.

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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!

The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR shares how chiropractic back pain patients can cope with the waiting – the liminality of back pain treatment – for relief with breathing and walking. 
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