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Pacing is one of the most useful skills to learn if you have pain. Many people with pain tell us this. It’s not easy but it works!
This is the term given to an idea which tries to explain why some people recover whilst others develop chronic illness or disability. In the 1970s Philips proposed that pain is not just one dimensional, ie nerve transmission of impulses, but has physiological, subjective and behavioural dimensions.
The amount of pain any of us feels is a combination of these factors and others, even though any one of them may be more dominant at times.
Looking at the idea more closely
Let’s look at two opposite scenarios for someone who may just have developed back pain recently.
These two scenarios illustrate the role that fear can take in controlling what someone does after a painful experience.
The development of fear-avoidance
A number of factors are thought to be involved:
There is no simple way of predicting why someone may become disabled, but the best indications come from a combination of physical and psychological factors.
What’s the fear due to?
From experience treating people, the fear seems to come from the belief that pain equals damage. If someone has back pain they feel that damage is the cause of the pain. If the pain increases when they do something then increased damage must be occurring.
This leads to the tendency to avoid activities because of the fear of causing further damage. Unfortunately there is no evidence that rest is a successful treatment for back pain. It may be the worst thing we can do when we have pain.
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