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 many of us Baton Rouge back pain
and neck pain sufferers waiting and transitioning
on a state of pain relief as well.
The waiting is sometimes the hardest
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 good
ways to deal with the liminality. Spine & Sports Rehab Center is right beside our Baton Rouge chiropractic patients as they wait.
HOW TO HELP YOURSELF THROUGH BACK PAIN’S LIMINALITY
Back pain specialists will often prescribe
ice/heat/exercise for home care. New reports are describing
how deep breathing exercises (particularly
the pursed-lips version which patients reported to be more calming and pleasant with a more
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 allocated time to enter a ‘liminal space’ to contemplate on one’s
struggles, discover calmness, and process
current feelings) (3) are beneficial.
Spine & Sports Rehab Center encourages any of these ideas to
augment the healing, pain-relieving course of action
with Baton Rouge 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) – explained
the thinking state of ‘liminality’ many sciatica or sciatic
leg pain sufferers employ to cope with their
pain and its recovery path. The study has researchers
interview sciatic low back
pain 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 applies
to sciatica patients who tend to put life on hold while expecting an
ultimate return to their previous, pain-free
selves, holding onto hope while also managing worry.
This is a form of ‘liminality’, the time between pre- and post-pain,
strengthened 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) Spine & Sports Rehab Center is manytimes
amazed by the persistence of back pain and leg pain sufferers
to discover something 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. Baton Rouge back pain and
Baton Rouge leg pain patients are often relieved when they get to Spine & Sports Rehab Center 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 guides 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). Spine & Sports Rehab Center 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 shares 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 soon. Waiting while transitioning from
pain to pain-relief is a time of hope combined with a
little worry. Spine & Sports Rehab Center knows 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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