Mindfulness meditation could ease chronic pain

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New Delhi, Feb 02 (ANI): A new study now finds that mindfulness meditation is a promising option for easing chronic pain. The research, based on a pooled analysis of available data was published online in the journal Evidence-Based Mental Health on Thursday. The findings indicate that mindfulness meditation can lessen the severity and impact on daily life of chronic pain as well as the accompanying distress. The researchers say that the study is important because the most widely used psychological technique for treating chronic pain is cognitive behavioural therapy or CBT. Mindfulness is a type of meditation focusing on the moment to moment awareness of thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations and the immediate environment. The stress reduction element aims to help those affected develop ways of coping more effectively with their pain. The study, conducted with nearly 2,000 people found that there were no important differences between either of the two techniques.

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