Meditation, along with other “mind-body” therapies, fall into the category of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM).
According to the National Health Interview Service, the use of CAM therapies rose from 33% to over 40% between 2002 and 2007, with over half of this increase being related to mind-body therapy.
The National Center For Complementary and Alternative Medicine defines mind-body therapy as health practices that share the intention “to enhance the mind’s capacity to affect bodily function and symptoms.” The most common of the mind-body therapies include: yoga, deep breathing, and meditation techniques.
Meditation Techniques To Ease Back Pain
Here’s a nice article on how meditation is used to ease back pain.
Clinical research in meditation techniques to ease back pain is delivering remarkable results.
In a previous article, we reported that research found meditation to be more effective than morphine, and this article shows that meditation techniques for chronic pain is proving to be efficient in easing back pain.
Study after study shows great results. This research from Duke showed “ Loving-kindness meditation has been used for centuries in the Buddhist tradition to develop love and transform anger into compassion. This pilot study tested an 8-week loving-kindness program for chronic low back pain patients. Post and follow-up analyses showed significant improvements in pain and psychological distress in the loving-kindness group, but no changes in the usual care group. Multilevel analyses of daily data showed that more loving-kindness practice on a given day was related to lower pain that day and lower anger the next day.”
Translation: Significant improvement in back pain relief with meditation techniques.
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