By retraining people the way people move and changing the way they think about their back, we found much bigger reductions in pain and much less fear of movement,” said Professor Peter O’Sullivan, Professor of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy at Curtin University and co-author of the study.
“What we understand from the literature, is that often the fear of pain causes people to make protective movements and as a result people’s movement patterns become really abnormal and act as a mechanism for self harm,” Professor O’Sullivan said.
“Often those habits are reinforced by well meaning health care practitioners, who do scans and give a diagnosis even though what is found on the scan may not be the cause of pain at all.
“It’s like a thought virus that gets people into real trouble.
“Once you think you are vulnerable, you act vulnerable, that in itself creates abnormal stress on the structure and causes pain.”
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