Hi everyone! I changed my usernme - I was BacktoBasics before, but then I realized even my username was showing how much I see my back as my problem. So, here I am, aiming to be free of fear : ) I was going to bring these questions to the drop-in chat (happening now), but it wouldn't let me on. "Error - You do not have permission to view this page or perform this action." I'm really getting more on board with the TMS approach. More and more I believe there's no structural issue with my back. So, as I move into the program, here are some questions I have: 1. Pushing through pain I'm guessing this is different for each person. How do people approach this though? I mean, if I'm experimenting with walking again and it starts to *really* hurt, muscles quivering, 8/10 pain etc., I'd be inclined to stop and rest. Someone without TMS would probably do the same. Like, Moseley and Butler recommend scaling up so as not to trigger flareups. And I think Sarno said something like this in HBP, about experimenting with walks on a good day, so as to set up having a good experience. 2. Physical therapy I understand that doing exercise in order to improve the back is another form of fear behavior and buying in to the idea that the back is the problem. So, my situation: I've started seeing a PT I really like. She mainly does Feldenkrais adjustments on me, which feels great, and I'm noticing all these nice changes in my body (my feet are more aligned, my upper trunk is moving so much more freely as I walk, etc.). I'm also enjoying doing some exercises again - *but* they are tailored for the back. Here's the thing: after all these months of inactivity, my back really *does* feel different - it's harder to twist and bend over, for example. I don't believe these are structural problems as described by doctors (bulges, DDD, etc.), but changes from inactivity. So, I like working with a PT who I trust, as I rediscover my body and start moving again. Another example - I really LIKE rolling my back over a tennis ball. It feels good to hit those trigger points and add a really different sensation to that area. I just wanted to run this by people to see if this jumps out as a red flag to anyone! 3. Posture What do you think about sitting posture? Thank you everyone!!!