Passive to Active
Pain starts out as a warning signal to protect us from injury. Persistent pain tricks us into becoming less and less active. People start to believe that normal activity will damage them. They restrict their activity to prevent the pain and become deconditioned as a result. Deconditioning can lead to more pain due to muscle weakness, loss of strength and balance, and inappropriate beliefs. They withdraw and become socially isolated. Passivity begins to dominate active life planning. Pain avoidance becomes the number one priority and takes over the person’s identity.
Look at page 35 of the workbook. Read the last column. Step back into your life.