Back pain is such a common problem, the healthcare industry and therefore the media has been very invested in this problem and as a result there are many ideas, beliefs and attitudes towards back pain. These beliefs have a large impact on peoples disability and recovery.
Chronic pain is not just a physical issue; it’s a mental/emotional one as well. So if you struggle with back pain as well as anxiety, depression, foggy thinking or even memory problems, there’s a good chance they could be related.
Quite often people think they should be able to do particular activities, such as housework, gardening, home maintenance or sitting at a computer, and push themselves to do things, despite it causing significant increases in their pain. This in turn, may cause a “flare-up” for one or several days, requiring them to “lie low” and rest a lot more and avoid even more activities. This leads to frustration and gradually less and less tolerance to certain activities. This is called the “Boom and Bust” cycle. We see it very frequently!