Brief training in meditation can help you cope with pain

Washington, Nov 10 : A short investment of time in mental training can help you manage pain, concludes a new study.

The study, which examined the perception of pain and the effects of various mental training techniques, found that relatively short and simple mindfulness meditation training can have a significant positive effect on pain management.

Though pain research during the past decade has shown that extensive meditation training can have a positive effect in reducing a person”s awareness and sensitivity to pain, the effort, time commitment, and financial obligations required has made the treatment not practical for many patients.

Now, the new study by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte shows that a single hour of training spread out over a three day period can produce the same kind of analgesic effect.

The research appears in an article by UNC Charlotte psychologists Fadel Zeidan, Nakia S. Gordon, Junaid Merchant and Paula Goolkasian, in the current issue of The Journal of Pain.

“This study is the first study to demonstrate the efficacy of such a brief intervention on the perception of pain,” noted Fadel Zeidan, a doctoral candidate in psychology at UNC Charlotte and the paper”s lead author.

“Not only did the meditation subjects feel less pain than the control group while meditating but they also experienced less pain sensitivity while not meditating,” the expert added.

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