Yoga and mindfulness could be beneficial for reducing chronic pain

In a study, patients with chronic pain found drastic alleviation of their symptoms through yoga and meditation. The findings were published in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.

According to researchers, 28 patients took part in a mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) course, and almost all of the participants, or 89 percent, experienced beneficial effects toward their pain.

After the completion of their mindfulness course, a questionnaire was administered to measure mood.

“Many people have lost hope because, in most cases, chronic pain will never fully resolve,” researchers stated in a news release. “However, mindful yoga and meditation can help improve the structure and function of the body, which supports the process of healing.”

“Results showed an overall downward shift in the distribution of depression, disability, and pain scores after the course,” the findings state.

The results of the new study highlight effective ways to cope with such health conditions, without using non-pharmaceutical treatments.

“Our findings show meditation and yoga can be a viable option for people seeking relief from chronic pain,” researchers concluded in the news release.

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