It makes sense, right? Our success accelerates when we become more confident. This Confidence/Competence loop is described by psychologists as a feedback loop with confidence improving with competence and vice-versa. Without confidence, we revert to fear, and as a result we have a hard time taking action. When we become fearful, we get more tentative and procrastinate.
So how can you become more confident that your back or neck will function the way you want? Simply become more competent with it. Learn everything about it. Learn how important core muscle strength and flexibility is and how you can improve it. Learn how your posture effects the stress on your spine. Learn how irrelevant many MRI findings are since so many people with no pain have abnormal MRI’s. Learn how amazing your body is at healing itself.
Do you remember when you could easily throw a ball or lift a box? Were you afraid to do these activities? No, because you knew how to do it and it didn’t hurt. If you are a back pain sufferer, chances are you think twice when you lift, or work out, or play certain sports. In fact, many folks don’t even start working out.
How can you get started?
Action overcomes fear. It is best to overcome the fear by taking small but definite steps, and expand on your successes. Over the past decade, our non-operative program called SpineZone has shown that thoughtful, proven methods to increase range of motion and strength can overcome most debilitating spine conditions. Once you start doing activities you were once scared of, your confidence increases. As you feel more confident, you try other activities and build more skill and get even more competent. The upward cycle continues.