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

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 Manahawkin back pain and neck pain sufferers waiting and transitioning on the arrival of pain relief, too. The waiting is occasionally the hardest 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. Manahawkin Chiropractic Center is right there with our Manahawkin chiropractic patients as they wait.


Back pain specialists will often suggest ice/heat/exercise for home care. New reports are describing how deep breathing exercises (particularly the pursed-lips version which patients reported as more calming and pleasant with stronger sense of control) (1), diaphragmatic deep breathing (6 breaths per minute for 10 minutes twice 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 be in a ‘liminal space’ to ponder on one’s struggles, discover calmness, and embrace current feelings) (3) are beneficial. Manahawkin Chiropractic Center supports any of these practices to enhance the healing, pain-relieving course of action with Manahawkin chiropractic services.


A fascinating outcome from a study done in the UK - SCOPiC (SCiatica Outcomes in Primary Care) – explained the thoughtful state of ‘liminality’ many sciatica or sciatic leg pain sufferers employ to cope with their pain and its path to recovery. The study has researchers interview low back and sciatica sufferers. Sciatica arrives with its own unique group 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 worry. This is a form of ‘liminality’, the time between pre- and post-pain, strengthened by a belief that sciatica is a passing problem that is fixable, not a long-term illness. Even those who had sciatic leg pain for a while kept this belief. (4) Manahawkin Chiropractic Center is often awestruck by the persistence of back pain and leg pain sufferers to find a treatment that works for them. They oftentimes talk with many different types of healthcare providers and try many different approaches as they just know there is help. Manahawkin back pain and Manahawkin leg pain patients are often relieved when they get to Manahawkin Chiropractic Center 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 change to every other day). Manahawkin Chiropractic Center 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 shares the role of patient expectations in their pain relief via The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management.

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

Manahawkin Chiropractic Center 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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