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 Burlington and Hamilton back pain
and neck pain sufferers waiting and transitioning
on a state 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 beneficial
ways to deal with the liminality. Spinal Care Clinic is right there
with our Burlington and Hamilton chiropractic patients as they wait.
HOW TO HELP YOURSELF THROUGH BACK PAIN’S LIMINALITY
Back pain specialists will frequently suggest
ice/heat/exercise for home care. New studies are describing
how deep breathing exercises (especially
the pursed-lips version which sufferers reported as more calming
and pleasant with stronger
sense of control) (1), diaphragmatic deep breathing (6 breaths per
minute for 10 minutes twice a day for a month
effectively generated positive outcomes to enhance
autonomic function by reducing sympathetic activity) (2), and
long-distance walking (which allowed for time to enter a ‘liminal space’ to ponder on one’s
struggles, find calmness, and process
current feelings) (3) are useful.
Spinal Care Clinic supports any of these ideas to
enhance the healing, pain-relieving process
with Burlington and Hamilton 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 thoughtful state of ‘liminality’ many sciatica or sciatic
leg pain sufferers employ to cope with their
pain and its recovery path. Researchers interviewed sciatic low back
pain sufferers. Sciatica arrives with
its own distinctive set of issues in terms of its
persistence and severity of symptoms. Researchers illustrated
the concept of “biographical suspension” as it applies
to sciatica patients who tend to put life on hold while expecting an
ultimate return to their former, pain-free
selves, holding onto hope while also handling distress.
This is a form of ‘liminality’, the time between pre- and post-pain,
bolstered by a belief that sciatica is temporary and fixable, not a long-term disease.
Even those who had sciatic leg pain for a while
kept this belief. (4) Spinal Care Clinic is often
awestruck by the persistence of back pain and leg pain sufferers
to discover something that works for them. They oftentimes
talk with a variety of healthcare
providers and try many different approaches as they are
confident that there is help. Burlington and Hamilton back pain and
Burlington and Hamilton leg pain patients are often relieved when they get to Spinal Care Clinic as we take
the time to clearly explain the spinal problem, 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) decrease
the treatment plan frequency by 50% (ex: daily visits change to
every other day). Spinal Care Clinic is always monitoring
the back and leg pain sufferer’s progress toward pain relief with the Cox®
Technic System of Spinal Pain Management.
CONTACT Spinal Care Clinic
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 with The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management.
Schedule your next Burlington and Hamilton
chiropractic appointment soon. Waiting while transitioning from
pain to pain-relief is a time of hope combined with a
little worry. Spinal Care Clinic understands this and has
the wisdom to walk this path with our low back pain
and sciatica patients. Liminality need not be endured alone!
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