What is Safe Intelligent Experimentation?
Effective back pain interventions are unique to the individual because underlying causes and contributing factors vary so much. So how do you know what is going to work for you?
The answer is “trial and error”. But you want these necessary health based experiments to be as effective and safe as possible.
BackMentorMe, therefore, advocates for Safe Intelligent Experimentation, which is focused, fact based and data driven:
Safe! Manage the risks
Do your own research on the interventions you are considering implementing. This will allow you to form an initial view of the possible key benefits and risks.
The Trusted Back Pain Crowd and articles on this website would be good places to start.
Then it is very important to also seek the advice of an appropriate local therapist or expert you trust.
Intelligent! Use a “scientific” approach
Your focus should be on assessing how compelling the options you have identified are, versus how easy they are to implement for you.
“Compelling” in this context means the risk/benefit profile of the intervention. “How easy” something is to implement will depend on personal circumstances. These may include affordability, work situation, physical/mental state, etc.
So, selecting the “right” experiment to pursue next, based on your insight, is part of what makes it “intelligent”.
The second element which makes an experiment “intelligent” is to only change ONE variable at a time. If you make many changes simultaneously, you don’t really know what worked and what didn’t.
See the article, “How to discover your own back pain solutions and claim your life back!”