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

December 07, 2021

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 Fort Wayne back pain and neck pain sufferers waiting and transitioning on the arrival of pain relief as well. The waiting is at times 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 beneficial ways to cope with the liminality. Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc is right beside our Fort Wayne 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 (especially the pursed-lips version which sufferers 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 4 weeks effectively generated positive outcomes to enhance autonomic function by reducing sympathetic activity) (2), and long-distance walking (which allowed for time to enter a ‘liminal space’ to reflect on one’s struggles, find calmness, and embrace current feelings) (3) are useful. Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc supports any of these ideas to enhance the healing, pain-relieving course of action with Fort Wayne chiropractic services.


A fascinating outcome from a study done in the UK - SCOPiC (SCiatica Outcomes in Primary Care) – described the thinking state of ‘liminality’ many sciatica or sciatic leg pain sufferers use to deal with their pain and its recovery path. The study has researchers interview sciatic low back pain sufferers. Sciatica is accompanied by its own distinctive set of issues in terms of its persistence and symptom severity. Researchers illustrated 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, 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 kept this belief. (4) Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc is often awestruck by the persistence of back pain and leg pain sufferers to discover a treatment that works for them. They frequently consult a variety of healthcare providers and try a variety of approaches as they just know there is help. Fort Wayne back pain and Fort Wayne leg pain patients are often relieved when they get to Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc 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) decrease the treatment plan frequency by 50% (ex: daily visits change to every other day). Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc 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.

Set up your next Fort Wayne chiropractic appointment today. Waiting while transitioning from pain to pain-relief is a time of hope mixed with a little worry. Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc understands this and has the wisdom to walk this path with our low back pain and sciatica patients. Liminality need not be endured alone!

Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc shares how chiropractic back pain patients can cope with the waiting – the liminality of back pain treatment – for relief with breathing and walking.