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 Largo back pain
and neck pain sufferers waiting and transitioning
on the arrival of pain relief, too.
The waiting is sometimes 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 beneficial
ways to cope with the liminality. Hollstrom & Associates Inc is right there
with our Largo 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 (particularly
the pursed-lips version which patients reported to be more calming and pleasant with stronger
sense of control) (1), diaphragmatic deep breathing (6 breaths a
minute for 10 minutes twice a day for a month
effectively produced positive outcomes to improve
autonomic function by reducing sympathetic activity) (2), and
long-distance walking (which allowed for time to be
in a ‘liminal space’ to ponder on one’s
struggles, find calmness, and process
current thoughts) (3) are useful.
Hollstrom & Associates Inc encourages any of these ideas to
boost the healing, pain-relieving process
with Largo 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 thinking state of ‘liminality’ many sciatica or sciatic
leg pain sufferers employ to manage their
pain and its path to recovery. The study has researchers
interview sciatic low back
pain sufferers. Sciatica comes with
its own unique set of issues in terms of its
persistence and severity of symptoms. Researchers illustrated
the concept of “biographical suspension” as it applies
to sciatica patients who seem to put life on hold while expecting an
ultimate return to their previous, pain-free
selves, holding onto hope while also managing 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 disease.
Even those who experienced sciatic leg pain for some time
kept this belief. (4) Hollstrom & Associates Inc is often
awestruck by the persistence of back pain and leg pain sufferers
to find something that works for them. They frequently
consult many different types of healthcare
providers and try a variety of approaches as they are
confident that there is help. Largo back pain and
Largo leg pain patients are often relieved when they get to Hollstrom & Associates Inc as we take
the time to clearly explain the spinal condition, 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) decrease
the treatment plan frequency by 50% (ex: daily visits change to
every other day). Hollstrom & Associates Inc is always monitoring
the back and leg pain sufferer’s progress toward pain relief with the Cox®
Technic System of Spinal Pain Management.
CONTACT Hollstrom & Associates Inc
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 via The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management.
Make your next Largo
chiropractic appointment today. Waiting while transitioning from
pain to pain-relief is a time of hope combined with a
little worry. Hollstrom & Associates Inc understands this and has
the experience in walking this path with our low back pain
and sciatica patients. Liminality need not be endured alone!