Sandy Springs 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 Sandy Springs back pain and neck pain sufferers transitioning and waiting on the arrival of pain relief as well. 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 packed with anticipation. Exercising, breathing, and walking are positive ways to deal with the liminality. Cross Chiropractic Center is right there with our Sandy Springs chiropractic patients as they wait.


Back pain specialists will often prescribe ice/heat/exercise for home care. New studies are describing how 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 twice a day for 4 weeks effectively generated positive outcomes to enhance autonomic function by decreasing sympathetic activity) (2), and long-distance walking (which created time to enter a ‘liminal space’ to reflect on one’s struggles, relish some calmness, and process current feelings) (3) are useful. Cross Chiropractic Center supports any of these practices to enhance the healing, pain-relieving course of action with Sandy Springs chiropractic services.


An interesting outcome from a study performed in the UK - SCOPiC (SCiatica Outcomes in Primary Care) – explained the thinking state of ‘liminality’ many sciatica or sciatic leg pain sufferers use to cope with their pain and its path to recovery. Researchers interviewed low back and sciatica sufferers. Sciatica is accompanied by its own distinctive group of issues in terms of its persistence and symptom severity. Researchers described the concept of “biographical suspension” as it pertains to sciatica patients who tend to put life on hold while expecting an eventual return to their former, pain-free selves, holding onto hope while also handling concern. This is a form 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 some time kept this belief. (4) Cross Chiropractic Center is often awestruck by the persistence of back pain and leg pain sufferers to discover a treatment that works for them. They frequently talk with many different types of healthcare providers and try many different approaches as they just know there is help. Sandy Springs back pain and Sandy Springs leg pain patients are often relieved when they get to Cross Chiropractic Center as we take the time to clearly explain the spinal condition, its treatment, its expected outcome, and its treatment plan comprising 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) decrease the treatment plan frequency by 50% (ex: daily visits change to every other day). Cross Chiropractic Center 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 shares how what the patient expects influences their pain relief with The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management.

Schedule your next Sandy Springs chiropractic appointment soon. Waiting while transitioning from pain to pain-relief is a time of hope mixed with a little worry. Cross Chiropractic Center understands this and has the experience in walking this path with our low back pain and sciatica patients. Liminality need not be endured alone!

Cross Chiropractic Center 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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