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 some of us West Des Moines back pain
and neck pain sufferers transitioning and waiting
on a state of pain relief, too.
The waiting is at times the toughest
part. Waiting for the big holiday and waiting for the relief of back pain or neck pain are filled with
anticipation. Exercising, breathing, and walking are positive
ways to deal with the liminality. Executive Chiropractic of Iowa is right there
with our West Des Moines chiropractic patients as they wait.
HOW TO HELP YOURSELF THROUGH BACK PAIN’S LIMINALITY
Back pain specialists will frequently assign
ice/heat/exercise for home care. New reports are showing that deep breathing exercises (especially
the pursed-lips version which patients reported as more calming
and pleasant with a more
sense of control) (1), diaphragmatic deep breathing (6 breaths per
minute for 10 minutes two times a day for a month
effectively brought about positive outcomes to improve
autonomic function by reducing sympathetic activity) (2), and
long-distance walking (which created time to enter a ‘liminal space’ to ponder on one’s
struggles, discover calmness, and process
current feelings) (3) are useful.
Executive Chiropractic of Iowa encourages any of these ideas to
boost the healing, pain-relieving course of action
with West Des Moines 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 use to manage their
pain and its recovery path. The study has researchers
interview low back and sciatica sufferers. Sciatica arrives with
its own distinctive group of issues in terms of its
persistence and symptom severity. Researchers described
the concept of “biographical suspension” as it applies
to sciatica patients who seem to put life on hold while expecting an
eventual return to their prior, pain-free
selves, holding onto hope while also handling concern.
This is a type 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 a while
kept this belief. (4) Executive Chiropractic of Iowa is manytimes
amazed by the persistence of back pain and leg pain sufferers
to discover a treatment that works for them. They oftentimes
talk with a variety of healthcare
providers and try many different approaches as they are
confident that there is help. West Des Moines back pain and
West Des Moines leg pain patients often find that relief when they finally
arrive at Executive Chiropractic of Iowa 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 directs 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). Executive Chiropractic of Iowa is always monitoring
the back and leg pain sufferer’s progress toward pain relief with the Cox®
Technic System of Spinal Pain Management.
CONTACT Executive Chiropractic of Iowa
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 West Des Moines
chiropractic appointment today. Waiting while transitioning from
pain to pain-relief is a time of hope combined with a
little concern. Executive Chiropractic of Iowa understands this and has
the wisdom to walk this path with our low back pain
and sciatica patients. Liminality need not be endured alone!