Step Two: Pace Your Activity – One Step at a Time
Step Two: Pace Your Activity - One Step at a Time
- Before Your Injury - life was probably more active and enjoyable. You were happy to take risks, do exciting things , and push your body to the limit. Your activity placed stress on your muscles and joints in a healthy way. Your brain knew your safety limits and when you are moving into a possible injury zone.
- Where are you now in the recovery path? - After an injury your joints, muscles and nerves may be oversensitive and underused. You may perceive pain starting a long way before the tissues reach the point of re-injury. Even thinking about a movement like bending may hurt because your brain is trying to overprotect you.
- Learning to pace your way during an activity lowers the risk of a flare-up, with its feelings of frustration and despair. You need to learn how safe from re-injury. Knowing more about how your brain reacts to pain with help you make sense of it.
- Your Goals - Pacing is how we increase our activity as our minds and body adapt to new stresses. We need to find your starting level for activities, and train your brain to accept you are safe. Once you can cope , and feel more confident, your activity can increase. Flare-ups and fear recede with practice. New knowledge and paced activity improve your tissue tolerance and allow you to live life again.
One step at a time will achieve your goals to regain a less painful life
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