Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc Helps Back Pain Sufferers Fight Fear Avoidance and Move More07/20/2022Fear of back pain? Once you have had it, you say “yes!” Your Fort Wayne chiropractor gets it. Fort Wayne back pain and neck pain patients don’t want to experience that pain again. Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc helps spine pain sufferers get their confidence back with encouragement and exercise. FEAR AVOIDANCE DUE TO BACK PAIN Back pain sufferers don't want to revisit back pain if they have any options at all. That desire - whether obvious or subtle, stated or just ruminated in the mind – sets up the ‘perfect storm’ for a behavior known as fear-avoidance. Patients with persistent spinal pain syndrome - post-surgically generated or not – provoked high levels of fear avoidance, anxiety, and depression. (1) Researchers noted that the pain experience isn't just physical as emotions, behaviors and beliefs are mixed in, too. Fear avoidant behavior like fearing object lifting grows and affects muscle behavior without realizing it. A recent study compared fear-avoidant beliefs and the lumbar spine paraspinal muscle activity use while lifting in both back pain and in pain-free persons. Fear of lifting an object with a flexed spine as described in a questionnaire was negatively related with erector spinae activity to protect the spine from injury. The proper way to lift has been discussed through the years. Lifting with a straight back has been portrayed as safer than lifting with a flexed back though research has not necessarily supported that while lifting with a lordotic posture has been found to result in more erector spinae muscle activity resulting in muscle fatigue and pain. (2) Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc knows the significance of handling fear avoidance and its link to better quality of life. HOW TO MANAGE FEAR AVOIDANCE Researchers noted that back pain sufferers today ‘get’ that they must keep moving but some require a little more support and encouragement to move and exercise due to a lack of confidence in their bodies’ ability to exercise without triggering pain. The healthcare provider not only can share the latest findings on pain control but also teach the back pain patient to be physical in the safest way possible. (3) If you’re that patient, Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc is your trainer! We are a team and can help you move better and with less fear and deliver gentle, relieving spinal manipulation. Three months of chiropractic manipulation along with exercise for older adults with chronic back pain boosted their self-efficacy and fear-avoidant behaviors along with reductions in disability. A 30% or more reduction in the Oswestry Disability Index suggested positive response to care. (4) The more engaged a patient is with treatment, the greater the influence on the feeling of self-efficacy and disability reduction. (5) Let us work together to manage your Fort Wayne back pain so it doesn’t control you. CONTACT Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Tom Menendez on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he illustrates the relief with The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management for an older patient with back pain for whom fear avoidance is logical. Schedule your Fort Wayne chiropractic appointment now so that if you are asked if you fear back pain, you can say “no”! « View All Featured Exercises"This information and website content is not intended to diagnose, guarantee results, or recommend specific treatment or activity. It is designed to educate and inform only. Please consult your physician for a thorough examination leading to a diagnosis and well-planned treatment strategy. See more details on the DISCLAIMER page. Content is reviewed by Dr. James M. Cox I."