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What is meditation for pain?

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Meditation is like brain training. Studies suggest that making meditation a habit may help people manage their pain and self-esteem and lower their anxiety, depression, and stress.

Meditation boils down to devoting a few minutes or more to focus your attention on one thing, like your breathing or a word or phrase. As you meditate, other thoughts are bound to come up. If so, just direct your attention back to the thing you chose to focus on. Meditation is safe to add to your doctor’s treatment plan for plan.

SOURCES:

Continuum Health Partners: "Psychological/Mind-Body Therapies."

American Society of Clinical Hypnosis: "Common Questions About Hypnosis,” “Definition of Hypnosis,” “Selecting a Qualified Professional.”

The Journal of the American Medical Association , July 24-31, 1996.

Montgomery, G.H. , April 2000. International Journal of Clinical Hypnosis

Vickers, A. , October 2001. The Western Journal of Medicine

Breastcancer.org: "What is Meditation?"

University of Maryland Medical Center: "Relaxation Techniques."

NYU Langone Medical Center: "Relaxation Therapies."

News release, University of North Carolina, Charlotte.

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: “Meditation: In Depth.”

Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine: “4-7-8 Breath Relaxation Exercise.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on June 10, 2017

SOURCES:

Continuum Health Partners: "Psychological/Mind-Body Therapies."

American Society of Clinical Hypnosis: "Common Questions About Hypnosis,” “Definition of Hypnosis,” “Selecting a Qualified Professional.”

The Journal of the American Medical Association , July 24-31, 1996.

Montgomery, G.H. , April 2000. International Journal of Clinical Hypnosis

Vickers, A. , October 2001. The Western Journal of Medicine

Breastcancer.org: "What is Meditation?"

University of Maryland Medical Center: "Relaxation Techniques."

NYU Langone Medical Center: "Relaxation Therapies."

News release, University of North Carolina, Charlotte.

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: “Meditation: In Depth.”

Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine: “4-7-8 Breath Relaxation Exercise.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on June 10, 2017

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