Pacing Means Moving Ahead and Not Falling Behind
Pacing is a vague word that is thrown around, often incorrectly, by both providers and people with pain. Pacing is not about decreasing the intensity of an exercise, doing less activity, or being unproductive. Pacing is actually the exact opposite.
Pacing is a tool that allows you to change the way you perform or complete an exercise or activity so that you can successfully increase strength, tolerance, and function. Some people with persistent pain markedly reduce their physical activity because it hurts. Others push too far into pain and overdo the activity.