If you have ever traveled to Yellowstone National Park, you may have seen signs asking you to not feed the bears. Feeding the bears only makes them more familiar to humans and human food - making the bears even more unpredictable and dangerous.
Just as feeding bears can create problems, feeding our fear of pain can make the pain more unpredictable and dangerous.
Chronic pain doesn’t mean more damage or harm
We know what to expect from chronic pain by the very nature of it being chronic or ongoing. It’s not like getting burnt, twisting an ankle, or getting stung by a bee that needs protection until the injury has heals. Chronic pain doesn’t specify immediate danger or harm.
Moderate activities won’t make pain worse
Exercise helps reduce pain, improves balance, improves conditioning, helps with weight control, improves sleep, increases flexibility, and releases endorphins to help make you feel better.
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