Erica and Susan

Overcoming Fear-Based Movement Patterns

Feb 1, 2024 | MENTAL FITNESS | 0 comments

In this empowering episode, we dive deep into the realm of fear-based movement and explore strategies to help patients conquer their anxieties, helping them move towards a more confident and pain-free existence. 

Anxiety and fear of movement are real things and can prevail even when we are termed “fit to play”, “fit to move” or “pain-free”. Just because someone is pain-free, it doesn’t mean that they can move well or move without fear. 

We discuss the implications of movement anxiety and explore the roots of fear and how it manifests in the body. Our discussion involves 2 specific case studies where fear of a certain movement was stalling their recovery and includes specific techniques and exercises for a positive outcome. 

By the end of this episode, you’ll be equipped with valuable tools and insights to help your patients move better, even when fear holds them back.

A glance at this episode:

  • [5:37] Interoception, beliefs, and structural integrity in physical therapy
  • [10:12] Lumbar extension exercises for a mother with a fear of movement
  • [14:40] Exercises for a client with a strong right foot
  • [18:29] Movement patterns and fear
  • [26:11] Exercises for patients with spinal issues
  • [30:15] Using different exercises to address back pain
  • [34:29] Using props to help patients overcome fear and improve movement patterns

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