Wednesday, August 22, 2007

(Post # 8 ) The Sensitive Nervous System

In my opinion, one of the most comprehensive textbooks on the assessment and treatment of pain and dysfunction is The Sensitive Nervous System by David Butler. One of the many great points I got from this book is the need to encourage those in pain to stay active and to keep the fear of pain from paralyzing their lives. To do this effectively, first establish a comfortable level of activity or a functional baseline. Then gradually increase the activity level whether it is five minutes walking, swimming, or riding a stationary bike, even if five minutes does not seem like much, it will keep the nervous system moving and healthy while the surrounding tissues repair and heal.