Yellow flag therapists are therapists whom (usually unintentionally) contribute to negative management of their patient’s situation by evoking negative thoughts, emotions, false beliefs and maladaptive behaviour.
The power of words. Pain is a brain product that can be shaped differently according to previous and running pain experiences, mood, negative thoughts, believes and words. Yes you have the power over what your patients believe so use it to empower your patients and not to be the most unhelpful risk factors for chronic pain.
Things you should never say to your patient: - You have a slipped disc. - Your spine is misaligned and need adjustment. - You have a knee/ hip of 80 years old patient. - You shouldn’t move/ stop going to the gym. - You go for a surgery straight away. - You must change your career/ life style.
If our intention is to help our patients, we must update our knowledge on the biopsychosocial model and use our current understanding and skills to help our patients.