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 accompanied by
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.
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 (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 encourages any of these practices to
boost the healing, pain-relieving process
with Ashburn 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) – 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.
CONTACT Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn
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!