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 McHenry back pain
and neck pain sufferers waiting and transitioning
on a state 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 good
ways to deal with the liminality. OrthoIllinois Chiropractic is right beside our McHenry chiropractic patients as they wait.
HOW TO HELP YOURSELF THROUGH BACK PAIN’S LIMINALITY
Back pain specialists will often suggest
ice/heat/exercise for home care. New reports are describing
how deep breathing exercises (particularly
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 produced positive outcomes to enhance
autonomic function by decreasing sympathetic activity) (2), and
long-distance walking (which allocated time to enter a ‘liminal space’ to contemplate on one’s
struggles, relish some calmness, and process
current feelings) (3) are useful.
OrthoIllinois Chiropractic encourages any of these practices to
augment the healing, pain-relieving course of action
with McHenry chiropractic services.
LIMINALITY IN BACK PAIN AND SCIATICA CARE
A fascinating 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 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 symptom severity. Researchers explained
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 prior, pain-free
selves, holding onto hope while also controlling concern.
This is a type 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 illness.
Even those who experienced sciatic leg pain for some time
kept this belief. (4) OrthoIllinois Chiropractic is often
awestruck by the persistence of back pain and leg pain sufferers
to find a treatment that works for them. They oftentimes
talk with many different types of healthcare
providers and try many different approaches as they are
confident that there is help. McHenry back pain and
McHenry leg pain patients are often relieved when they get to OrthoIllinois Chiropractic as we take
the time to clearly explain the spinal problem, its treatment,
its anticipated outcome, and its treatment plan comprising
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) decrease
the treatment plan frequency by 50% (ex: daily visits change to
every other day). OrthoIllinois Chiropractic constantly monitors
the back and leg pain sufferer’s progress toward pain relief with the Cox®
Technic System of Spinal Pain Management.
CONTACT OrthoIllinois Chiropractic
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 via The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management.
Schedule your next McHenry
chiropractic appointment today. Waiting while transitioning from
pain to pain-relief is a time of hope mixed with a
little worry. OrthoIllinois Chiropractic understands this and has
the experience in walking this path with our low back pain
and sciatica patients. Liminality need not be endured alone!