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San Jose 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 some of us San Jose back pain and neck pain sufferers waiting and transitioning 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 accompanied by anticipation. Exercising, breathing, and walking are positive ways to cope with the liminality. Chiropractic Solutions is right beside our San Jose chiropractic patients as they wait.


Back pain specialists will frequently assign ice/heat/exercise for home care. New studies are describing how deep breathing exercises (especially the pursed-lips version which sufferers reported to be more calming and pleasant with a more sense of control) (1), diaphragmatic deep breathing (6 breaths a minute for 10 minutes two times 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 be in a ‘liminal space’ to reflect on one’s struggles, find calmness, and process current feelings) (3) are beneficial. Chiropractic Solutions encourages any of these practices to enhance the healing, pain-relieving process with San Jose chiropractic services.


A fascinating outcome from a study done in the UK - SCOPiC (SCiatica Outcomes in Primary Care) – explained the thinking state of ‘liminality’ many sciatica or sciatic leg pain sufferers use to deal with their pain and its recovery path. Researchers interviewed low back and sciatica sufferers. Sciatica arrives with its own unique set of issues in terms of its persistence and symptom severity. Researchers illustrated the concept of “biographical suspension” as it related to sciatica patients who seem to put life on hold while expecting an ultimate return to their previous, pain-free selves, holding onto hope while also handling concern. This is a type 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 maintained this belief. (4) Chiropractic Solutions is often awestruck by the persistence of back pain and leg pain sufferers to find something 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. San Jose back pain and San Jose leg pain patients often find that relief when they finally arrive at Chiropractic Solutions as we take the time to clearly explain the spinal condition, 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) decrease the treatment plan frequency by 50% (ex: daily visits change to every other day). Chiropractic Solutions 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 how what the patient expects influences their pain relief via The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management.

Make your next San Jose chiropractic appointment today. Waiting while transitioning from pain to pain-relief is a time of hope combined with a little concern. Chiropractic Solutions understands this and has the wisdom to walk this path with our low back pain and sciatica patients. Liminality need not be experienced alone!

Chiropractic Solutions 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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