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Ashburn Back Pain Patients Tips for Waiting on Relief: Walking, Breathing, Walking

Liminality. Waiting. Transitioning. The holidays have many of us waiting and transitioning to holiday get-togethers and a new year. Back pain has many of us Ashburn back pain and neck pain sufferers waiting and transitioning on a state of pain relief, too. The waiting is occasionally 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. Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn is right there with our Ashburn chiropractic patients as they wait.


Back pain specialists will often prescribe ice/heat/exercise for home care. New reports 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 a minute for 10 minutes twice a day for a month effectively generated positive outcomes to enhance autonomic function by reducing sympathetic activity) (2), and long-distance walking (which created time to enter a ‘liminal space’ to contemplate on one’s struggles, relish some calmness, and embrace current thoughts) (3) are beneficial. Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn supports any of these practices to boost the healing, pain-relieving process with Ashburn chiropractic services.


An interesting outcome from a study done 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. Researchers interviewed 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 described the concept of “biographical suspension” as it pertains to sciatica patients who tend to put life on hold while expecting an eventual return to their previous, pain-free selves, holding onto hope while also controlling 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 disease. Even those who experienced sciatic leg pain for a while kept this belief. (4) Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn is often awestruck by the persistence of back pain and leg pain sufferers to find something that works for them. They oftentimes consult many different types of healthcare providers and try a variety of approaches as they just know there is help. Ashburn back pain and Ashburn leg pain patients are often relieved when they get to Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn 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) decrease the treatment plan frequency by 50% (ex: daily visits change to every other day). Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn is always monitoring 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 discusses the role of patient expectations in their pain relief with The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management.

Set up your next Ashburn chiropractic appointment today. Waiting while transitioning from pain to pain-relief is a time of hope combined with a little concern. Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn understands this and has the experience in walking this path with our low back pain and sciatica patients. Liminality need not be experienced alone!

Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn shares how chiropractic back pain patients can endure the waiting – the liminality of back pain treatment – for relief with breathing and walking. 
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