Liminality. Waiting. Transitioning. The holidays have many of us waiting and transitioning to holiday get-togethers
and a new year. Back pain has some of us Malverne back pain
and neck pain sufferers transitioning and waiting
on the arrival of pain relief as well.
The waiting is sometimes 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 positive
ways to deal with the liminality. Malverne Health & Wellness is right beside our Malverne chiropractic patients as they wait.
HOW TO HELP YOURSELF THROUGH BACK PAIN’S LIMINALITY
Back pain specialists will often assign
ice/heat/exercise for home care. New studies are showing that deep breathing exercises (especially
the pursed-lips version which sufferers reported as more calming
and pleasant with stronger
sense of control) (1), diaphragmatic deep breathing (6 breaths per
minute for 10 minutes two times a day for 4 weeks
effectively brought about positive outcomes to improve
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, find calmness, and embrace
current thoughts) (3) are beneficial.
Malverne Health & Wellness supports any of these ideas to
augment the healing, pain-relieving course of action
with Malverne 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 thoughtful 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 low back and sciatica sufferers. Sciatica arrives with
its own unique set of issues in terms of its
persistence and symptom severity. Researchers described
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 controlling distress.
This is a type of ‘liminality’, the time between pre- and post-pain,
held up by a belief that sciatica is a passing
problem that is fixable, not a long-term disease.
Even those who experienced sciatic leg pain for some time
maintained this belief. (4) Malverne Health & Wellness is manytimes
amazed by the persistence of back pain and leg pain sufferers
to discover something 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. Malverne back pain and
Malverne leg pain patients are often relieved when they get to Malverne Health & Wellness as we take
the time to clearly explain the spinal condition, 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 turn to
every other day). Malverne Health & Wellness is always monitoring
the back and leg pain sufferer’s progress toward pain relief with the Cox®
Technic System of Spinal Pain Management.
CONTACT Malverne Health & Wellness
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.
Make your next Malverne
chiropractic appointment soon. Waiting while transitioning from
pain to pain-relief is a time of hope mixed with a
little worry. Malverne Health & Wellness knows this and has
the experience in walking this path with our low back pain
and sciatica patients. Liminality need not be endured alone!
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