Mindfulness Relieves Back Pain
Is It Really Possible To Find Relief That Lasts?
People often find it hard to believe that Guided Mindfulness can actually help them diminish or eliminate their pain. Over and over again people tell me they are really surprised to find that “this stuff really works”.
I’ve been conducting seminars and classes in Mindfulness Meditation, for about the last eight or nine years. I’m constantly amazed at how people experience the effects of Mindfulness training, from changes in emotional trauma to relief from asthma to relieving the pain of knee surgery, and many chronic pains, like Arthritis and low back pain.
And it’s not just students and clients who report psychological and physical relief and improvement; I have myself experienced the wonderful benefits of meditation. I regularly wake up in the middle of the night and feel fully awake. I even wonder, at such times, if it’s time to get up, only to find that it’s just three o’clock in the morning. I used to struggle to get back to sleep, making matters worse by increasing my frustration. Now I just accept that I am awake, take a few deep breaths, relax, and allow myself to drift back to sleep. Sometimes I feel tired in the morning after I get up, but ten minutes of Mindfulness Meditation wakes me up and refreshes my energy.
I could relate other instances where I reduced or eliminated my own physical pain. Guided Mindfulness interventions are not cures, but they do reduce pain and improve function, and they are important components in the treatment of people with chronic pain,
Guided Mindfulness Meditation will enable you to:
• Reduce your suffering
• Cope with pain, illness and stress
• Experience deep and lasting peace •Enjoy living your life again
Reducing The Suffering Of Pain. Many chronic pain disorders are frustratingly resistant to treatments aimed at eliminating how your senses experience pain. You can reduce your suffering by altering how you react emotionally and how you evaluate your pain. Mindfulness aims to focus your attention on present experiences and reduce how you evaluate and react emotionally, which make them really effective for this task.
Several studies have demonstrated the beneficial effects of mindfulness-based interventions for both chronic and acute pain. Most of these have demonstrated effects of mindfulness on the affective and evaluative components of pain (McCracken et al., 2007; Morone et al., 2008; Perlman et al., 2010)”
From Does Meditation Reduce Pain through a Unique Neural Mechanism? Tim V. Salomons1 and Aaron Kucyi1,2 Division of Brain, Imaging and Behaviour—Systems Neuroscience, Toronto Western Research Institute, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5T 2S8, and 2Institute of Medical Science, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5S 1A8 Review of Zeidan et a
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