Chronic pain in the form of migraines, lower back pain, arthritis and fibromyalgia can be debilitating and prevent you from performing the most basic daily tasks.
Resorting to drugs and powerful analgesics is usually only an ineffective stop-gap measure with severe side-effects.
Now, a groundbreaking study (by Catherine Kerr, assistant professor of family medicine at Alpert Medical School) shows that we have more control over our perception of pain than we might otherwise think.
Pain is part of our primal fight-or-flight response and a simple breathing meditation, which slows down the heart rate, lowers blood pressure and reduces the secretion of cortisol, can act as an alternative to pain medication.
One of the easiest meditation you can do to manage chronic pain is breathing meditation.
The simple act of not engaging the pain and staying focused on the breath makes the pain lose its hold on you.
Through meditation you gain control over your cortical alpha rhythms — the synchronous firing of a population of neurons in the brain at a specific frequency.
These rhythms help control how the brain processes sensory information, such as pain, and negative emotional states, like depression. They also help organize the general flow of information in the brain.
Better control of these rhythms enables meditators to bias their attention away from negative states like chronic pain and depression.
A regular meditation practice will help you overcome debilitating pain without medication, so give it a try. In addition to the four methods above, you can also use these meditation techniques.
Return from Meditation for Chronic Pain to Meditation Benefits
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