Did you know that Kinesiophobia is a fear of movement?
No, me neither. Which is strange seeing as I have so many clients that have a fear or movement. Or maybe that should be a fear of injury. Or maybe even a fear of pain. Whatever we call it, there is a fear and this changes how a person moves.
So how does it develop?
Firstly it can develop from our own thoughts. The more we think that a movement will be painful, the more it will be. These thoughts then cause the brain to perceive there to be a bigger threat than there probably is. But will respond in the same way regardless.
Secondly, this fear can develop when you listen to people around you. The doctor who warns you that you need to stop running (but doesn’t tell you why). Or the 'caring' friend who tells you to 'be careful' after you start back up after an injury.
This fear that is created can then cause increased sensitivity which means that you will change how you move. This in turn can increase pain.
For the majority of people I see who have a fear of movement, their tissues are actually really strong, they are just highly sensitive!
At the end of the day, healthy movement should be fearless. We shouldn't have to give up what we love or 'be careful'.
Instead we should work on moving as much as we can, as often as we can, in as many different ways as we can….fearlessly!