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Dealing with chronic pain is never an easy task. In fact, dealing with it can be demoralizing, especially when it starts having such a profound and debilitating effect on our lives.
Sometimes, it can even become our own identity, so deeply intrenched in our thoughts & beliefs, that some people may even get triggered/offended if provided with a “challenging” point of view to the understanding of the condition.
While this sensory experience is unique and should be treated as such, we know that chronic (3+ months) pain is not linked to tissue damage.
This is an important concept to understand, as it opens people up more to the introduction of movement, and not its avoidance.
And that doesn’t mean going all out, immediately. It means just starting out, getting familiar with it, adjusting the level of resistance, and even be okay with experiencing some manageable level of pain, if it presents.
Understanding pain’s protective role, and its disconnection with movement, as well as learning about the reinforcing mechanisms of mechanical stress of all body tissues is a great step forward to reduce the power of the negative loop we often get stuck within.
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