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Baton Rouge Back Pain Patients Tips for Waiting on Relief: Walking, Breathing, Walking

December 07, 2021

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 some of us Baton Rouge back pain and neck pain sufferers transitioning and waiting on a state 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 packed with anticipation. Exercising, breathing, and walking are beneficial ways to deal with the liminality. Medical Spine and Sports Injury and Rehab Centers is right there with our Baton Rouge chiropractic patients as they wait.


Back pain specialists will often suggest ice/heat/exercise for home care. New reports are showing that deep breathing exercises (particularly the pursed-lips version which sufferers reported to be more calming and pleasant with stronger sense of control) (1), diaphragmatic deep breathing (6 breaths per minute for 10 minutes twice a day for 4 weeks effectively produced positive outcomes to enhance autonomic function by reducing sympathetic activity) (2), and long-distance walking (which created time to enter a ‘liminal space’ to ponder on one’s struggles, relish some calmness, and embrace current feelings) (3) are useful. Medical Spine and Sports Injury and Rehab Centers encourages any of these practices to enhance the healing, pain-relieving course of action with Baton Rouge chiropractic services.


An interesting 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 cope with their pain and its path to recovery. 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 seem to put life on hold while expecting an eventual return to their prior, pain-free selves, holding onto hope while also controlling distress. This is a type of ‘liminality’, the time between pre- and post-pain, held up by a belief that sciatica is temporary and fixable, not a long-term disease. Even those who experienced sciatic leg pain for a while maintained this belief. (4) Medical Spine and Sports Injury and Rehab Centers is manytimes amazed by the persistence of back pain and leg pain sufferers to find 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. Baton Rouge back pain and Baton Rouge leg pain patients often find that relief when they finally arrive at Medical Spine and Sports Injury and Rehab Centers as we take the time to clearly explain the spinal problem, 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 change to every other day). Medical Spine and Sports Injury and Rehab Centers constantly monitors 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 via The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management.

Set up your next Baton Rouge chiropractic appointment today. Waiting while transitioning from pain to pain-relief is a time of hope combined with a little concern. Medical Spine and Sports Injury and Rehab Centers understands this and has the wisdom to walk this path with our low back pain and sciatica patients. Liminality need not be experienced alone!

Medical Spine and Sports Injury and Rehab Centers shares how chiropractic back pain patients can cope with the waiting – the liminality of back pain treatment – for relief with breathing and walking.