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Montreal 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 many of us Montreal back pain and neck pain sufferers waiting and transitioning on the arrival of pain relief as well. The waiting is occasionally 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 beneficial ways to cope with the liminality. Dr. Hoang's Chiropractic Clinic is right there with our Montreal chiropractic patients as they wait.


Back pain specialists will frequently assign ice/heat/exercise for home care. New studies are showing that deep breathing exercises (especially the pursed-lips version which patients 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 a month effectively generated positive outcomes to enhance autonomic function by decreasing 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 useful. Dr. Hoang's Chiropractic Clinic supports any of these ideas to enhance the healing, pain-relieving course of action with Montreal chiropractic services.


A fascinating 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 arrives with its own unique set of issues in terms of its persistence and severity of symptoms. Researchers described the concept of “biographical suspension” as it applies 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 controlling worry. This is a type of ‘liminality’, the time between pre- and post-pain, held up by a belief that sciatica is a passing problem that is fixable, not a long-term illness. Even those who experienced sciatic leg pain for some time maintained this belief. (4) Dr. Hoang's Chiropractic Clinic is often awestruck by the persistence of back pain and leg pain sufferers to find a treatment that works for them. They oftentimes consult a variety of healthcare providers and try many different approaches as they are confident that there is help. Montreal back pain and Montreal leg pain patients are often relieved when they get to Dr. Hoang's Chiropractic Clinic 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 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). Dr. Hoang's Chiropractic Clinic 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.

Schedule your next Montreal chiropractic appointment soon. Waiting while transitioning from pain to pain-relief is a time of hope mingled with a little concern. Dr. Hoang's Chiropractic Clinic knows this and has the experience in walking this path with our low back pain and sciatica patients. Liminality need not be experienced alone!

Dr. Hoang's Chiropractic Clinic 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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