In fact, my brain is telling me that my pain is in my back, and is cleverly putting into place protective measures like holding myself stiffly, moving with caution and pulling in all my supporting muscles to protect my back. Little does my brain know that its protective measures are doing more harm than good! Bad back...means "keep moving"!
Even though I keep telling my brain that the pain it is feeling is not nearly as bad as it thinks...I still can't seem to break through the brain pain barrier! There is currently a lot of research into pain and specifically chronic pain and how our brains can be our worst enemy (or best friend) in the fight against pain. I found this very humorous and informative talk by Lorrimer Moseley to be extremely helpful in dealing with, and understanding the pain in my back.
I know it will get better, and I know that my brain is reacting to an injury memory of many years ago.
So why am I writing this? Simply because I do not want my 'pain brain' to prevent me from doing what needs to be done. Nor do I want to give in to pain that will get better with time...and I want to share with you just a little snippet about understanding why we feel pain. I think it is good to understand why we feel pain the way we do...It may not alleviate it..but at least we can understand it!