Feelings of frustration, anger, depression or even despair can deeply impact the quality of our lives.
One of the most widespread pain management options—drugs – can take away the physical discomfort but at the same time tends to disturb our mental balance. It also may bring on a host of equally unpleasant physical side effects creating new health threats.
Traditional medical approaches will usually focus on addressing the anatomical problems in your lower back, but for many people more of a multifaceted approach will do a better job at keeping the pain at bay.
In an experiment conducted by Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, 15 healthy volunteers, who were new to meditation, attended four 20-minute classes to learn meditation, focusing on the breath. Both before and after meditation training, study participants’ brain activity was examined using ASL MRI, while pain was inflicted in them by using heat.
Fadel Zeidan, Ph.D., lead author of the study, explains that
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. They found a big effect – about a 40 percent reduction in pain intensity and a 57 percent reduction in pain unpleasantness. Meditation produced a greater reduction in pain than even morphine or other pain-relieving drugs, which typically reduce pain ratings by about 25 percent. So maybe there is a cure for back pain relief…. Mindfulness meditation.
Meditation (which is the ‘formal’ practice of mindfulness) actually changes the way the mind perceives pain so that it’s more bearable. It is a natural and effective way to ease physical pain.
The idea of being mindful of pain may seem counter-intuitive. Most people want to forget about their pain— they want to escape it, run away from it, wishing they could ignore it or get rid of it somehow. The problem is—ironically—that by fighting and struggling against it, and even by trying to ignore it, you create within yourself a state of ‘resistance to what is’ and that means stress.
Although it may take a little practice, it is possible to be in a relatively calm and content emotional state even when in physical pain.
If you suffer ongoing pain I highly recommend you give this a try. What do you have to lose?
Inside this app you will learn step by step how to reduce pain in your lower back with mindfulness meditation!!