Less Than an Hour of Training = A Lifetime of Pain Relief

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Searching for ways to manage pain without the side-effects of pain medications?  Hoping to quell the anxiety associated with chronic pain? Fadel Zeidan, a neuroscientist at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center has found that ”just a little over an hour of training in meditation can dramatically reduce both the experience of pain and pain-related brain activation.”

The study included MRI brain scans which showed pre-meditation pain reactions as intense and widespread activity in the primary somatosensory cortex (the area associated with the specific area of the body affected by pain). After the subjects were trained in and employed the meditation techniques, the activity in the region was not even detectable.

NPR wrote of the study’s results, “After meditation training, the subjects reported a 40 percent decrease in pain intensity and a 57 percent reduction in pain unpleasantness. And it wasn’t just their perception of pain that changed. Brain activity changed too.”

The mind’s effect on the body  is considerable. Emotional health informs the physical, with studies like these proving the importance of caring for ourselves mentally.

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About the Author

Jo Barrington Born in Washington D.C., Jo Barrington now lives in Santa Barbara, California.  She has been interested in psychological ideas and theory from early in her life and for the last 26 years she has edited psychological books and videos, with a little creative writing on the side!

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