This question was submitted via our Ask a TMS Therapist program. To submit your question, click here. Question Rehab exercises and breaking the pain cycle: I have been diagnosed with disc compression, bulging and osteoarthritis. I have been told the damage is minimal so I don't believe it accounts for the severe pain I am experiencing. It is also clear to me that there is a psychological link. I have a number of rehab exercises that help alleviate the pain, but I usually do them when the pain is flaring up, so in an effort to break the pain cycle I have been avoiding doing them. But now I am just being more sedentary, and I definitely don't believe that that is good for me. Is there a way I can keep doing the exercises without feeding the cycle, and if not, how do I figure out what I should do instead? Note: some of the exercises are neural repatterning exercises, could this make them helpful in breaking the cycle?