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Pain behavior

Fasciatherapie F.I.T.

Circle of Loeser

Bracing, holding breath, limping, moaning, groaning, rubbing, squeezing, holding up, dramatizing, are all forms of behavior that can be provoked by pain.  useful or less favorable. 

Practical tips and links:

  • Try to become aware of how the pain affects your behavior. Does this behavior help you or does it backfire? How does your environment react to this behaviour? Can you adjust it?

  • Always try to move and breathe as if you were not in pain. Try not to see pain as a threat but as a sensation, your brain's interpretation of the signals that come in at that moment. This won't always be easy, but try to lower and slow down your breathing and release overprotective muscle tension. The smoother and more normal you move, the sooner you heal. You may feel the urge to tighten everything up, but this only makes sense in the hours immediately after an injury, never really after that.

  • Pushing and rubbing a painful spot only has a negative effect on long-standing pain. You activate the part of your brain that is connected to this region when you actually want this part to relax. Doing targeted exercises to switch off the trigger points or improve blood flow is possible. However, don't do this one too much either. See for

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