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Carrolltown Back Pain Patients Tips for Waiting on Relief: Walking, Breathing, Walking

Liminality. Waiting. Transitioning. The holidays have many of us waiting and transitioning to holiday gatherings and a new year. Back pain has some of us Carrolltown 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. Gormish Chiropractic & Rehabilitation is right beside our Carrolltown chiropractic patients as they wait.


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 sufferers reported as more calming and pleasant with stronger 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 reducing sympathetic activity) (2), and long-distance walking (which allocated time to enter a ‘liminal space’ to reflect on one’s struggles, discover calmness, and process current thoughts) (3) are beneficial. Gormish Chiropractic & Rehabilitation encourages any of these ideas to augment the healing, pain-relieving process with Carrolltown chiropractic services.


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 deal with their pain and its recovery path. 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 explained the concept of “biographical suspension” as it related 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 handling concern. This is a type of ‘liminality’, the time between pre- and post-pain, bolstered 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 maintained this belief. (4) Gormish Chiropractic & Rehabilitation is manytimes amazed by the persistence of back pain and leg pain sufferers to find something that works for them. They frequently talk with a variety of healthcare providers and try many different approaches as they are confident that there is help. Carrolltown back pain and Carrolltown leg pain patients often find that relief when they finally arrive at Gormish Chiropractic & Rehabilitation as we take the time to clearly explain the spinal problem, its treatment, its expected 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) decrease the treatment plan frequency by 50% (ex: daily visits turn to every other day). Gormish Chiropractic & Rehabilitation is always monitoring the back and leg pain sufferer’s progress toward pain relief with the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management.

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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.

Schedule your next Carrolltown chiropractic appointment today. Waiting while transitioning from pain to pain-relief is a time of hope mingled with a little concern. Gormish Chiropractic & Rehabilitation understands this and has the wisdom to walk this path with our low back pain and sciatica patients. Liminality need not be experienced alone!

Gormish Chiropractic & Rehabilitation shares how chiropractic back pain patients can endure the waiting – the liminality of back pain treatment – for relief with breathing and walking. 
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