Liminality. A time of waiting. A
time of transition. The holidays have many of us waiting and transitioning to holiday gatherings
and a new year. Back pain has many of us Oxford back pain
and neck pain sufferers waiting and transitioning
on the arrival of pain relief as well.
The waiting is sometimes the hardest
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 good
ways to cope with the liminality. Satterwhite Chiropractic is right there
with our Oxford chiropractic patients as they wait.
HOW TO HELP YOURSELF THROUGH BACK PAIN’S LIMINALITY
Back pain specialists will frequently 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 a more
sense of control) (1), diaphragmatic deep breathing (6 breaths a
minute for 10 minutes twice a day for 4 weeks
effectively generated positive outcomes to improve
autonomic function by decreasing sympathetic activity) (2), and
long-distance walking (which allowed for time to be
in a ‘liminal space’ to contemplate on one’s
struggles, relish some calmness, and process
current thoughts) (3) are useful.
Satterwhite Chiropractic encourages any of these ideas to
boost the healing, pain-relieving process
with Oxford 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 manage their
pain and its path to recovery. The study has researchers
interview low back and sciatica sufferers. Sciatica is accompanied by
its own distinctive group of issues in terms of its
persistence and symptom severity. 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 prior, pain-free
selves, holding onto hope while also controlling concern.
This is a form of ‘liminality’, the time between pre- and post-pain,
strengthened by a belief that sciatica is temporary and fixable, not a long-term illness.
Even those who had sciatic leg pain for some time
kept this belief. (4) Satterwhite Chiropractic is manytimes
amazed by the persistence of back pain and leg pain sufferers
to discover something 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. Oxford back pain and
Oxford leg pain patients often find that relief when they finally
arrive at Satterwhite Chiropractic as we take
the time to clearly explain the spinal problem, its treatment,
its expected outcome, and its treatment plan including 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 change to
every other day). Satterwhite Chiropractic is always monitoring
the back and leg pain sufferer’s progress toward pain relief with the Cox®
Technic System of Spinal Pain Management.
CONTACT Satterwhite Chiropractic
Listen to this PODCAST
with Dr. Robert Patterson on The
Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he shares the role of patient expectations in their
pain relief via The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management.
Schedule your next Oxford
chiropractic appointment today. Waiting while transitioning from
pain to pain-relief is a time of hope combined with a
little concern. Satterwhite Chiropractic knows this and has
the experience in walking this path with our low back pain
and sciatica patients. Liminality need not be experienced alone!
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