Meditation and Pain

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Mindfulness meditation can help a person with pain focus on the pain sensation—and this causes changes in both the subjective response to pain and the brain’s reaction to it, said Dr. Richard Davidson, founder of the Center for Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, in an NCCIH video interview. Focusing on specific pain sensations—such as tingling, pressure, or heat—seems to diminish the emotional aspects of pain, and that helps people cope with the pain they’re experiencing.

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Resource of the day: National Center for Complimentary and Integrative Health

What Are Mind and Body Practices?

 

The term “mind and body” can be confusing. People sometimes think it refers only to meditation and yoga. But mind and body practices are much more diverse than that.

At the National Center for Complimentary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), the term mind and body practices refers to a large group of procedures or techniques administered or taught by a trained practitioner or teacher. They include spinal manipulation, massage therapy, relaxation techniques, tai chi, qi gong, yoga, and various types of mindfulness- and meditation-based practices, among others.

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Researchers have done many studies on some mind and body practices, such as acupuncture, spinal manipulation, mediation, and yoga. Less research has been done on some other practices.

 

To find out more about mind and body practices that interest you, visit the NCCIH Mind and Body Web page.  Click Here

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