Liminality. Waiting. Transitioning. The holidays have many of us waiting and transitioning to holiday gatherings
and a new year. Back pain has some of us Groton back pain
and neck pain sufferers transitioning and waiting
on the arrival of pain relief, too.
The waiting is occasionally the hardest
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 good
ways to deal with the liminality. Shoreline Medical Services/ Hutter Chiropractic Office is right there
with our Groton 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 to be 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 produced positive outcomes to enhance
autonomic function by decreasing sympathetic activity) (2), and
long-distance walking (which allocated time to be
in a ‘liminal space’ to contemplate on one’s
struggles, relish some calmness, and embrace
current feelings) (3) are useful.
Shoreline Medical Services/ Hutter Chiropractic Office encourages any of these practices to
boost the healing, pain-relieving process
with Groton chiropractic services.
LIMINALITY IN BACK PAIN AND SCIATICA CARE
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 manage their
pain and its path to recovery. The study has researchers
interview low back and sciatica sufferers. Sciatica is accompanied by
its own unique set of issues in terms of its
persistence and severity of symptoms. Researchers illustrated
the concept of “biographical suspension” as it pertains
to sciatica patients who seem to put life on hold while expecting an
ultimate return to their previous, pain-free
selves, holding onto hope while also handling concern.
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 some time
kept this belief. (4) Shoreline Medical Services/ Hutter Chiropractic Office is manytimes
amazed 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 just know there is help. Groton back pain and
Groton leg pain patients often find that relief when they finally
arrive at Shoreline Medical Services/ Hutter Chiropractic Office 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 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 turn to
every other day). Shoreline Medical Services/ Hutter Chiropractic Office is always monitoring
the back and leg pain sufferer’s progress toward pain relief with the Cox®
Technic System of Spinal Pain Management.
CONTACT Shoreline Medical Services/ Hutter Chiropractic Office
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.
Schedule your next Groton
chiropractic appointment soon. Waiting while transitioning from
pain to pain-relief is a time of hope mingled with a
little concern. Shoreline Medical Services/ Hutter Chiropractic Office understands this and has
the experience in walking this path with our low back pain
and sciatica patients. Liminality need not be experienced alone!