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Sitka 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 waiting and transitioning to holiday get-togethers and a new year. Back pain has some of us Sitka back pain and neck pain sufferers transitioning and waiting on a state of pain relief as well. 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 good ways to deal with the liminality. Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka is right beside our Sitka chiropractic patients as they wait.


Back pain specialists will frequently suggest ice/heat/exercise for home care. New studies are showing that deep breathing exercises (particularly the pursed-lips version which sufferers reported to be more calming and pleasant with stronger sense of control) (1), diaphragmatic deep breathing (6 breaths per minute for 10 minutes two times a day for a month effectively generated 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 reflect on one’s struggles, find calmness, and process current thoughts) (3) are useful. Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka supports any of these practices to enhance the healing, pain-relieving course of action with Sitka chiropractic services.


A fascinating outcome from a study performed 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 recovery path. The study has researchers interview sciatic low back pain sufferers. Sciatica is accompanied by its own distinctive group of issues in terms of its persistence and symptom severity. Researchers explained the concept of “biographical suspension” as it pertains to sciatica patients who seem to put life on hold while expecting an ultimate return to their former, pain-free selves, holding onto hope while also handling distress. 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 disease. Even those who had sciatic leg pain for a while maintained this belief. (4) Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka is often awestruck 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 a variety of approaches as they are confident that there is help. Sitka back pain and Sitka leg pain patients are often relieved when they get to Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka as we take the time to clearly explain the spinal problem, its treatment, its expected 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) reduce the treatment plan frequency by 50% (ex: daily visits change to every other day). Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka 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 the role of patient expectations in their pain relief with The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management.

Set up your next Sitka chiropractic appointment soon. Waiting while transitioning from pain to pain-relief is a time of hope mingled with a little worry. Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka understands this and has the experience in walking this path with our low back pain and sciatica patients. Liminality need not be endured alone!

Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka 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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