Hard word to say but easy to understand, especially if you are living in chronic or persistent pain.
Kinesiophobia is defined as 'an excessive, irrational and debilitating fear to carry out a physical movement, due to a feeling of vulnerability to a painful injury or reinjury' (Kori S, Miller R, Todd DD. Kiniseophobia: a new review of chronic pain behaviour). Simply put, it is the fear of pain due to movement. It is the second most common cause of disability in the general population.
Here is where the conundrum lies for a person living in chronic pain.
Physical inactivity is a potential factor for developing and maintaining chronic musculoskeletal pain, whereas physical activity has positive benefits in decreasing pain and disability in many musculoskeletal conditions. However, for those living with chronic pain, the fear of movement is very real. This fear limits the amount of movement and exercise which then potentially leads to a more sedentary lifestyle.
It becomes a circle of fear and ambivolence which then increases the intensity of pain.
So when exercise is prescribed as a part of your healing regime, kinesiophobia rears it's ugly head thereby limiting the benefits of rehabilitative exercises.
So what is one to do?
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