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Mindfulness Relieves Pain And Reduces Suffering

Mindfulness relieves pain and reduces suffering

Researchers at the University of California School of Medicine (USA) have measured the effects of Mindfulness on the perception of pain and brain activity and have been able to prove that the practice of mindfulness reduces pain and suffering.

The study, published by PAINtalks, the journal of the Association for the Study of Pain in the USA, has shown that Mindfulness interrupts communication between the areas of the brain involved in the sensation of pain and the areas that produce the sense of self.

"We're very excited to confirm that you don't have to be an expert meditator to experience pain-relieving effects" with mindfulness practice, said lead author Dr. Fadel Zeidan, an associate professor of anesthesiology at the University College of Medicine. UC San Diego.

This is a really important finding for the millions of people who are looking for a fast-acting, non-drug treatment for pain." 

On the first day of the study, 40 participants had their brains scanned while painful heat was applied to their leg.

After experiencing a series of these heat stimuli, the participants had to rate their average pain levels during the experiment.

Participants were then divided into two groups: Members of the Mindfulness group did four 20-minute mindfulness training sessions, while members of the control group spent their four sessions listening to an audiobook.

On the last day of the study, the brain activity of both groups was measured again, but now the participants in the mindfulness group were instructed to meditate during the painful stimulus, while the control group rested with their eyes closed.

Mindfulness or conscious meditation can provide a new method for the treatment of pain”

The researchers found that participants who were actively meditating reported a 32 percent reduction in pain intensity and a 33 percent reduction in pain discomfort.

For many people who struggle with chronic pain, what often affects their quality of life the most is not the pain itself, but the mental suffering and frustration that comes with it," Zeidan said. "Their pain becomes part of who they are as individuals, something they can't escape, and this exacerbates their suffering."

With the practice of mindfulness, pain signals still move from the body to the brain, but the person does not feel as close to those pain sensations and therefore their pain and suffering are reduced.

With Mindfulness, we train ourselves "to experience thoughts and sensations without becoming attached to them with ego or sense of self, and now we are finally seeing how detachment manifests in the brain during the experience of acute pain."

Mindfulness practice in Barcelona

In rural areas of India, families in charge of a blind minor frequently isolate and deprive him/her of the care and attention they provide to their other children; such situation becomes even more severe among lower-caste families, orphans and if the blind child is a girl.  mindfulness sessions group, individual and personalized as a couple, in Women's we introduce simple practices that progressively contribute to improving the quality of life of our patients.

To reduce stress and relieve pain, it is very important to exercise control over our emotions, take care of them, be aware of them and not get carried away by those that, when prolonged, are harmful to our health.

When we integrate the practice of Mindfulness into everyday life:

  • We relax body and mind.
  • We reduce stress.
  • We ease the pain.
  • We reduce fear and negative feelings.
  • We strengthen the immune system.
  • We increase our self-esteem.
  • We improve personal relationships.
  • We enjoy a better quality of life.

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