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

Liminality. A time of waiting. A time of transition. The holidays have many of us transitioning and waiting to holiday get-togethers and a new year. Back pain has many of us Manchester back pain and neck pain sufferers transitioning and waiting on a state 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 packed with anticipation. Exercising, breathing, and walking are beneficial ways to deal with the liminality. Manchester Chiropractic & Sports Injuries is right there with our Manchester chiropractic patients as they wait.


Back pain specialists will frequently prescribe ice/heat/exercise for home care. New studies are describing how deep breathing exercises (particularly 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 produced positive outcomes to enhance autonomic function by reducing sympathetic activity) (2), and long-distance walking (which allocated time to enter a ‘liminal space’ to ponder on one’s struggles, find calmness, and embrace current feelings) (3) are useful. Manchester Chiropractic & Sports Injuries encourages any of these ideas to augment the healing, pain-relieving course of action with Manchester chiropractic services.


An interesting outcome from a study done in the UK - SCOPiC (SCiatica Outcomes in Primary Care) – described the thoughtful state of ‘liminality’ many sciatica or sciatic leg pain sufferers employ 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 related 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 handling worry. 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 illness. Even those who experienced sciatic leg pain for a while kept this belief. (4) Manchester Chiropractic & Sports Injuries is often awestruck by the persistence of back pain and leg pain sufferers to discover something that works for them. They oftentimes talk with many different types of healthcare providers and try many different approaches as they are confident that there is help. Manchester back pain and Manchester leg pain patients often find that relief when they finally arrive at Manchester Chiropractic & Sports Injuries as we take the time to clearly explain the spinal problem, its treatment, its anticipated 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). Manchester Chiropractic & Sports Injuries constantly monitors 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 via The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management.

Schedule your next Manchester chiropractic appointment today. Waiting while transitioning from pain to pain-relief is a time of hope combined with a little concern. Manchester Chiropractic & Sports Injuries knows this and has the experience in walking this path with our low back pain and sciatica patients. Liminality need not be experienced alone!

Manchester Chiropractic & Sports Injuries shares how chiropractic back pain patients can cope with the waiting – the liminality of back pain treatment – for relief with breathing and walking. 
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