Many of us would have experienced pain that we never want to happen again.
Naturally, we will do whatever we can to minimise the risk of repeating the problem. Sometimes this includes minimising or ceasing a certain movement or movements. This can be helpful in the short-term in some circumstances to allow the injured area to recover, repair and regenerate. For example, avoiding turning out a sprained ankle.
However, not so great in the long-term. If we allow this behaviour to continue, eventually we can become fearful of that particular movement. Perhaps not wanting to do it at all as we expect the movement to cause the pain again.
This is called ‘Kinesiophobia’. If we stop doing a particular movement entirely, it can cause deconditioning and disuse. If you don’t use it, you lose it. This only makes the problem worse leading to more pain and disability. This has been found in multiple studies and compiled this systemic review.
This is where I am very passionate about getting people back to movement as quickly as possible, wherever possible. It should be the foundation of any good treatment package.
If you need help in how to do this or know someone who does, please get in touch. I’d be very happy to help.
This is why it is important to keep on moving.
Your Friendly Neighbourhood Osteopath