Fear, fear-avoidance and catastrophizing powerfully influences the prognosis of people seeking medical care. On a neuroscience level, these traits also negatively influence the immune system and brain chemistry, which further drives disuse, disability and even depression. On the flipside, various therapeutic strategies can be used to mitigate these negative traits and in essence “turn the frown upside down.” Optimism, positive framing and motivation has shown to boost immune function, protect against anxiety and even reduce pain. This webinar will showcase various strategies aimed at boosting immune function and brain chemistry in people with high levels of fear and catastrophizing.
Presenter: Adriaan Louw, PT, PhD
Upon completion of this presentation, attendees will:
- Develop a working clinical knowledge of the fear-avoidance model
- Recognize factors that drive fear, fear-avoidance and catastrophizing
- Identify various clinical strategies that can be used to shift patients away from fear, fear-avoidance and catastrophizing towards recovery