In the East, meditation has been used for pain relief since ancient times, but it’s only comparatively recently that it’s become recognized in the West as a natural and effective way for managing and reducing physical discomfort.
In fact, a study carried out at the Universitie de Montreal by Professor Pierre Rainville and Joshua Grant found that meditators had much lower pain sensitivity compared to people who didn’t meditate.
“While previous studies have found that the emotional aspects of pain are influenced by meditation,” explains Grant, “we found that the sensation itself, as well as the emotional response, is different in meditators.”
Past research had shown that teaching chronic pain patients to meditate is beneficial, but very few studies have looked at pain processing in healthy, highly trained meditators.
“If meditation can change the way someone feels pain, thereby reducing the amount of pain medication required for an ailment, that would be clearly beneficial,” says Grant.
Of course, using meditation rather than drugs to relieve pain has many advantages as many pain relieving drugs have harmful side effects. And meditation can also reduce the stress, anxiety, depression and insomnia that often accompanies painful conditions.
We have an interesting Case Study about someone who used one of our Meditation Machines to help with the pain and discomfort associated with multiple sclerosis. You can read it at http://www.meditationsuk.com/resources/helen_hills.htm
Using a Meditation Machine like the MindSpa can not only help you to manage your pain, but will also lead to a better overall sense of physical and mental well-being.
— Ivor Murray is the MD of MeditationsUK, an innovative company that sells technology-led aids to help you relax and de-stress. Their main products are Meditation Machines – small, portable machines that use natural light and sound to gently guide you into calm, relaxing states of mind and body, easily and automatically.
You can find out more about them at www.MeditationsUK.com or www.MindSpa-UK.com, or telephone 020 8371 0436