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 Toronto back pain
and neck pain sufferers transitioning and waiting
on a state of pain relief as well.
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 positive
ways to cope with the liminality. Yorkville Chiropractic and Wellness Centre is right beside our Toronto chiropractic patients as they wait.
HOW TO HELP YOURSELF THROUGH BACK PAIN’S LIMINALITY
Back pain specialists will frequently suggest
ice/heat/exercise for home care. New studies are showing that deep breathing exercises (especially
the pursed-lips version which patients reported to be 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 a month
effectively produced positive outcomes to enhance
autonomic function by decreasing sympathetic activity) (2), and
long-distance walking (which created time to be
in a ‘liminal space’ to contemplate on one’s
struggles, relish some calmness, and process
current thoughts) (3) are useful.
Yorkville Chiropractic and Wellness Centre encourages any of these practices to
boost the healing, pain-relieving process
with Toronto 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 deal with their
pain and its path to recovery. Researchers interviewed sciatic low back
pain sufferers. Sciatica comes with
its own unique set of issues in terms of its
persistence and severity of symptoms. Researchers explained
the concept of “biographical suspension” as it applies
to sciatica patients who tend 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,
held up by a belief that sciatica is temporary and fixable, not a long-term illness.
Even those who experienced sciatic leg pain for a while
maintained this belief. (4) Yorkville Chiropractic and Wellness Centre is manytimes
amazed by the persistence of back pain and leg pain sufferers
to discover something that works for them. They frequently
consult a variety of healthcare
providers and try many different approaches as they are
confident that there is help. Toronto back pain and
Toronto leg pain patients often find that relief when they finally
arrive at Yorkville Chiropractic and Wellness Centre 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 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 turn to
every other day). Yorkville Chiropractic and Wellness Centre constantly monitors
the back and leg pain sufferer’s progress toward pain relief with the Cox®
Technic System of Spinal Pain Management.
CONTACT Yorkville Chiropractic and Wellness Centre
Listen to this PODCAST
with Dr. Robert Patterson on The
Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he discusses how
what the patient expects influences their
pain relief with The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management.
Make your next Toronto
chiropractic appointment soon. Waiting while transitioning from
pain to pain-relief is a time of hope mixed with a
little concern. Yorkville Chiropractic and Wellness Centre 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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