Liminality. Waiting. Transitioning. The holidays have many of us waiting and transitioning to holiday gatherings
and a new year. Back pain has many of us Buffalo, NY back pain
and neck pain sufferers waiting and transitioning
on the arrival of pain relief, too.
The waiting is at times 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 positive
ways to deal with the liminality. Disc Centers Of America is right beside our Buffalo, NY 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 stronger
sense of control) (1), diaphragmatic deep breathing (6 breaths a
minute for 10 minutes twice a day for 4 weeks
effectively brought about positive outcomes to enhance
autonomic function by decreasing sympathetic activity) (2), and
long-distance walking (which allowed for time to enter a ‘liminal space’ to contemplate on one’s
struggles, find calmness, and embrace
current feelings) (3) are beneficial.
Disc Centers Of America supports any of these ideas to
augment the healing, pain-relieving course of action
with Buffalo, NY 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 thinking state of ‘liminality’ many sciatica or sciatic
leg pain sufferers use to cope with their
pain and its recovery path. The study has researchers
interview sciatic low back
pain 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 related
to sciatica patients who seem to put life on hold while expecting an
ultimate return to their former, pain-free
selves, holding onto hope while also controlling worry.
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 experienced sciatic leg pain for some time
maintained this belief. (4) Disc Centers Of America is often
awestruck by the persistence of back pain and leg pain sufferers
to find a treatment that works for them. They frequently
talk with a variety of healthcare
providers and try a variety of approaches as they are
confident that there is help. Buffalo, NY back pain and
Buffalo, NY leg pain patients often find that relief when they finally
arrive at Disc Centers Of America 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) reduce
the treatment plan frequency by 50% (ex: daily visits change to
every other day). Disc Centers Of America 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 with The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management.
Make your next Buffalo, NY
chiropractic appointment soon. Waiting while transitioning from
pain to pain-relief is a time of hope mingled with a
little concern. Disc Centers Of America knows this and has
the wisdom to walk this path with our low back pain
and sciatica patients. Liminality need not be endured alone!