Mindfulness meditation relieves symptoms of chronic pain.
According to the data analysis, recently published in the journal Evidence Based Mental Health, meditation technique improves well-being in patients.
Scientists looked into the research database of relevant clinical trials, comparing the effectiveness of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and mindfulness in the treatment of chronic pain over a three-month period.
Mindfulness — a type of meditation focusing on immediate awareness of thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and the immediate environment. The method helps victims to develop effective ways to cope with their pain.
In the study, researchers reviewed results of 21 studies, which involved 2,000 people, most of whom were women aged 35 to 65 years.
Chronic pain typically has been associated them with musculoskeletal disorders. Many of them experienced symptoms for 10 years.
The analysis showed that between CBT and mindfulness no significant differences. Both methods significantly improved the musculoskeletal system and has reduced the severity of pain and related depression compared with usual care or lack of it.
Comparison of acute and chronic pain
It should be noted that although the analysis gave comparable results for both methods, the statistical error was extreme high. This means that it is still too early to say which method is more effective for patients with chronic pain. Further studies are needed.
“Although CBT improves the condition of patients with chronic pain, mindfulness may be an additional way to improve symptoms of chronic pain,” said the study.
Recall, meditation in the style of “mindfulness” reduce the symptoms of menopause.
As reported by the portal “Znayu” people practicing transcendental meditation, more stress-resistant and have a developed emotional intelligence
Also “Znayu” I wrote that meditation helps to cope with post-traumatic stress disorder.