Liminality. Waiting. Transitioning. The holidays have many of us transitioning and
waiting to holiday gatherings
and a new year. Back pain has some of us La Grande 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 accompanied by
anticipation. Exercising, breathing, and walking are good
ways to cope with the liminality. Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC is right beside our La Grande chiropractic patients as they wait.
HOW TO HELP YOURSELF THROUGH BACK PAIN’S LIMINALITY
Back pain specialists will often prescribe
ice/heat/exercise for home care. New studies are describing
how deep breathing exercises (particularly
the pursed-lips version which sufferers reported to be more calming and pleasant with a more
sense of control) (1), diaphragmatic deep breathing (6 breaths a
minute for 10 minutes two times a day for a month
effectively produced 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, relish some calmness, and embrace
current thoughts) (3) are beneficial.
Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC supports any of these practices to
augment the healing, pain-relieving course of action
with La Grande 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 thoughtful state of ‘liminality’ many sciatica or sciatic
leg pain sufferers use to cope with their
pain and its path to recovery. The study has researchers
interview sciatic low back
pain sufferers. Sciatica arrives 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
eventual return to their previous, pain-free
selves, holding onto hope while also managing worry.
This is a form of ‘liminality’, the time between pre- and post-pain,
bolstered by a belief that sciatica is temporary and fixable, not a long-term illness.
Even those who had sciatic leg pain for some time
maintained this belief. (4) Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC is often
awestruck by the persistence of back pain and leg pain sufferers
to discover a treatment that works for them. They oftentimes
consult a variety of healthcare
providers and try a variety of approaches as they are
confident that there is help. La Grande back pain and
La Grande leg pain patients are often relieved when they get to Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC as we take
the time to clearly explain the spinal condition, its treatment,
its anticipated 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 turn to
every other day). Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC is always monitoring
the back and leg pain sufferer’s progress toward pain relief with the Cox®
Technic System of Spinal Pain Management.
CONTACT Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC
Listen to this PODCAST
with Dr. Robert Patterson on The
Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he shares how
what the patient expects influences their
pain relief via The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management.
Schedule your next La Grande
chiropractic appointment soon. Waiting while transitioning from
pain to pain-relief is a time of hope mixed with a
little worry. Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC knows this and has
the experience in walking this path with our low back pain
and sciatica patients. Liminality need not be endured alone!