Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Meditate to Ease Chronic Pain, Patients Are Told ; Researchers Says Relaxation Can Help Volunteers Reported Sense of Well-Being

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Meditate to Ease Chronic Pain, Patients Are Told ; Researchers Says Relaxation Can Help Volunteers Reported Sense of Well-Being

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PEOPLE who practise meditation can ease the burden of chronic pain, Manchester scientists have claimed.

A team from Manchester University asked volunteers suffering from long-term ailments including arthritis and back pain to spend two months learning meditation techniques.

'It it helps people They found the volunteers managed to control their pain after completing the 20-hour course.

a sense wellness' Experts said participants were able to reduce anxiety and depression, which can often inflame their symptoms.

The group of 40 patients received coaching in a form of relaxation known as mindfulness meditation.

Researchers then used lasers on participants to induce low- levels of pain, while measuring their brain activity.

They found activity in a part of the brain known as the pre- frontal cortex, which regulates emotions.

Dr Christopher Brown, who conducted the research, said the training not only reduced perceptions of pain but also boosted participants' mental well-being.

He said: "We think that mindfulness meditation works for chronic pain by providing a new mental strategy for people to manage their pain symptoms. …

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