Liminality. A time of waiting. A
time of transition. The holidays have many of us waiting and transitioning to holiday gatherings
and a new year. Back pain has many of us Auburn back pain
and neck pain sufferers transitioning and waiting
on the arrival of pain relief, too.
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 accompanied by
anticipation. Exercising, breathing, and walking are positive
ways to deal with the liminality. Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C. is right beside our Auburn 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 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 a month
effectively produced positive outcomes to enhance
autonomic function by decreasing sympathetic activity) (2), and
long-distance walking (which created time to be
in a ‘liminal space’ to contemplate on one’s
struggles, relish some calmness, and embrace
current feelings) (3) are useful.
Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C. encourages any of these practices to
boost the healing, pain-relieving process
with Auburn chiropractic services.
LIMINALITY IN BACK PAIN AND SCIATICA CARE
A fascinating 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 low back and sciatica sufferers. Sciatica comes with
its own unique 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 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
maintained this belief. (4) Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C. is manytimes
amazed by the persistence of back pain and leg pain sufferers
to find something that works for them. They oftentimes
consult a variety of healthcare
providers and try a variety of approaches as they are
confident that there is help. Auburn back pain and
Auburn leg pain patients are often relieved when they get to Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C. as we take
the time to clearly explain the spinal condition, its treatment,
its expected 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) decrease
the treatment plan frequency by 50% (ex: daily visits turn to
every other day). Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C. is always monitoring
the back and leg pain sufferer’s progress toward pain relief with the Cox®
Technic System of Spinal Pain Management.
CONTACT Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C.
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 with The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management.
Schedule your next Auburn
chiropractic appointment soon. Waiting while transitioning from
pain to pain-relief is a time of hope mingled with a
little worry. Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C. understands this and has
the wisdom to walk this path with our low back pain
and sciatica patients. Liminality need not be experienced alone!