Pacing is an effective strategy that helps to break the undergoing or overdoing activity cycle when you’re experiencing pain with movement.
Learning pacing techniques can be a very powerful tool in helping to self manage chronic pain by managing and balancing activity and rest.
Proper pacing will allow you to gradually increase your activity levels to a normal level each day. This will allow you to accomplish everything you want to do. Review the following tips which other people living with pain have found to be very helpful.
- Determine how you spend your time. Monitor your daily activities, including your rest periods, to find out how you spend your time. Keep a diary for a couple of days. Choose a typical weekday and a day on the weekend. Note what activities you do and how long you can do them before you are bothered by pain. Note your rest periods and how long you rest.
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