Meditation as a Pain Reliever

Meditation has long been a championed practiced for its spiritual, mental, and physical effects on our being.  This new study highlights just one of the ways that meditation can help us. 

Reasons like this, are why I offer monthly guided meditation, both in person in Hendersonville, North Carolina and over the phone in teleconferences.  Ever if you have never meditated, guided meditation will help you quiet your mind-chatter.

Have you tried other forms of meditation, but didn’t feel any results?  Not all meditation forms are the same — so keep trying, and you will find the one that works for you!

Even very brief instruction in meditation appears to help people cope with pain, and a newly published brain imaging study may explain why.

After just four, 20-minute instructional sessions in mindfulness meditation, most participants in the small study experienced big reductions in pain intensity and unpleasantness when subjected to painful stimuli.

Prior to learning the meditation technique, brain imaging showed significant activity in a key area of the brain when the participants were subjected to intense heat, but this activity was reduced when they were meditating.

“This is the first study to show that only a little over an hour of meditation training can dramatically reduce both the experience of pain and pain-related brain activation,” said researcher Fadel Zeidan, PhD, who is a postdoctoral fellow at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. via http://www.webmd.com/balance/news/20110406/meditation-may-reduce-pain

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  1. Trackback: IBS Sufferers Find Relief With Meditation « Wellness Wisdom – A Reference Book for Natural Health

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