Meditation Reduces the Impact of Pain

Meditation Reduces the Impact of Pain

30ish black guy worried feb 12.jpg

Researchers from the University of Manchester have reported that people who meditate regularly find pain less unpleasant because their brains anticipate the pain less.

The researchers studied people who were into meditation. Some of them had only been doing it for some months, whilst others had been doing it for years. They found that in the more experienced meditators certain areas of their brains were less active as they exhibited a greater anticipation of pain and that their experience of the pain differed from non-meditators.

Chief researcher Dr Christopher Brown said, “Meditation is becoming increasingly popular as a way to treat chronic illness such as the pain caused by arthritis. Recently, a mental health charity called for meditation to be routinely available on the NHS to treat depression, which occurs in up to 50% of people with chronic pain. However, scientists have only just started to look into how meditation might reduce the emotional impact of pain.”

Meditation Reduces the Impact of Pain

Researchers from the University of Manchester have reported that people who meditate regularly find pain less unpleasant because their brains anticipate the pain less.

 

The researchers studied people who were into meditation. Some of them had only been doing it for some months, whilst others had been doing it for years. They found that in the more experienced meditators certain areas of their brains were less active as they exhibited a greater anticipation of pain and that their experience of the pain differed from non-meditators.

Chief researcher Dr Christopher Brown said, “Meditation is becoming increasingly popular as a way to treat chronic illness such as the pain caused by arthritis. Recently, a mental health charity called for meditation to be routinely available on the NHS to treat depression, which occurs in up to 50% of people with chronic pain. However, scientists have only just started to look into how meditation might reduce the emotional impact of pain.”

Dogs: Our best friends in sickness and in health

Dogs: Our best friends in sickness and in health

Dogs have been the focus of many scientific studies into how
they boost our wellbeing. In this article we will look into how ...

Deep sleep can rewire the anxious brain

The ways astronauts prep for spaceflight could benefit cancer patients, say researchers

News

A new study has revealed that microorganisms in our gut may help protect brain cells from damage caused by inflammation after a stroke.

A preliminary study has revealed that when deprived of one night of sleep, young, healthy men had higher levels of tau in their blood. Tau is a biomarker for Alzheimer’s disease.

There are around 83.3 million owned dogs in the United States alone, and in recent years, organisations the world over have begun training dogs to detect medical conditions in humans.

Scientists from UCLA have discovered a reason that autoimmune diseases are more common in women than in men. Males inherit their mother’s X chromosome and father’s Y chromosome, while females inherit X chromosomes from both parents.

The COMPLEMENTARY MEDICAL ASSOCIATION (The CMA) © 2012. No part of this site may be reproduced without the express permission of The Complementary Medical Association. If used without prior consent a charge of US $1,000 per article, or mini section is paid (US $50 per word (minimum) will be charged. This is not meant to reflect a commercial rate for the content, but as a punitive cost and to reimburse The CMA for legal fees and time costs). Use of the contents, without permission will be taken as consent to bill the illegal user in full.