Mindset

Confidence/Competence Loop

By on October 3rd, 2016

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.

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Kamshad Raiszadeh, M.D.

Dr. Raiszadeh's completed medical school at UC San Francisco, orthopedic surgery residency at UC Davis and his Pediatric and Adult Spine Fellowship at the Hospital for Joint Diseases/NYU in New York City. He has 20 years of experience with the broad range of spine surgery including minimally invasive surgery, complex spinal disorders such as scoliosis and kyphosis, and cervical spine disorders. During this 20 years he has noticed a dramatic increase in patients turning to surgery for treatment of neck and low back pain, but many of them not getting their desired long-term result. He therefore became increasingly interested in improvement and standardization of non-operative treatment. By developing the best aspects of non-operative treatment in an atmosphere of empowerment to maximize the body’s own healing capacity, he noticed that many fewer patients required surgery, and the ones who underwent surgery had much better long term results.