Between the 1931 and 1951, pages of scientific journals published about the super power of meditation. Buddhist monks in the Tibetan area practice Eastern Meditation vigorously and have enduring power to stop the physical heartbeat for over long period of time.
As technology and monitoring instruments improve, scientist cannot duplicate most claims about the super natural power of meditation; however they could find meditation practitioners who could improve heart functions and respiration rate and volume.
By 1972, Herbert Benson M.D., Harvard medical physician, explained meditation generates the physiological response which is the opposite of what the human stress response produces. Meditation practitioners feel decreased blood pressure, slower heart rate, better breathing, moving fresher oxygen, and clearer thinking brain waves. This indicates that practicing meditation can reduce the stress associated h chronic pain and can improve a person’s ability to cope with chronic pain. Meditation does not cure chronic pain, meditation practitioners develop techniques for the mind to deal with chronic pain.
How to practice Meditation for Chronic Pain
I’m newly convinced about the difference simple meditation can make for chronic pain patients. Here is what small amount of time can benefit you.
Ease your anxiety: many patients are nervous and anxious about the grab of pain on their body. Meditation teaches you to be aware of yourself from your feelings. One of the things you learn is that you are not what you think and feel. It teaches you to fine tune your thoughts and focus mind.
Meditation reduces pain by reducing stress, relaxing the fight and flight nerves, decreasing stress and thereby decreasing pain.
Most effective meditation method.
According to Dr. B.J. Fogg, to create long lasting habit, pain patients need to have a simple system with good feedback, and to avoid using relying on motivation as way to create lasting habit.
Three elements of an effective meditation habit:
- Define or find a trigger mechanism to start meditation, After I _______ (pee, or get up, brush my teeth, put my son to sleep, get on my bed….), I meditate, and do this routinely or daily.
- Start small step, I meditate by one, two deep full breath(s) and feel pain relief. Do not worry about doing the right meditation, the right position, the right breathing technique. Follow Nike, “Just Do It”.
- Reward feedback. – Most people forget or skip this crucial step, pat yourself on your back, or saying “I am happy now” or any simple winning sentence.
- Do not make you feel difficult or painful, try to ease your mind, your goal is to create a habit, a mental path in your brain.
And patients with chronic pain choose simple, light meditation, avoiding stress and strained the spinal muscles.
To cope with chronic pain, patients can combine meditation with Western method of medicine treatment. Try it and you will love it.
Keep doing simple steps of meditation. Remember once you create a habit you can later increase your frequency and dose of breathing.