In the very early stages of significant pain, fear and avoidance to back pain are wise and reasonable reactions. But staying in such a protective mode too long begins a series of events that will inevitably lead to chronic pain. Instead of returning to normal daily activities as soon as possible, fear-avoidant people become sedentary and guarded. Joints become restricted, muscle rigidity leads to spasms and adhesions, and a physiological cycle that produces chronic pain becomes activated. All of this gives additional credence to the patient's dire expectations and fear of chronicity. The transition from acute to chronic pain was not the result of a psychological flaw, nor was the initial pain in the person's head. Yet perceptions and values forecast the outcome and dictated how the person responded to, treated, and coped with the condition.
Find out more about this book:Your Miraculous Back: A Step-By-Step Guide to Relieving Neck & Back Pain