There is more good news that supports practicing mindfulness meditation. A recent study conducted by scientists at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and published in the Journal of Neuroscience on November 11th, 2015 has found that mindfulness meditation reduces pain more effectively than a placebo.
The research showed that study participants who practiced mindfulness meditation reported greater pain relief than a placebo. Significantly, brain scans showed that mindfulness meditation produced very different patterns of activity than those produced by a placebo to reduce pain.
Fadel Zeidan, Ph.D., assistant professor of neurobiology and anatomy at Wake Forest Baptist and lead investigator of the study explains: “While we thought that there would be some overlap in brain regions between meditation and placebo, the findings from this study provide novel and objective evidence that mindfulness meditation reduces pain in a unique fashion.”
The study was conducted on pain free adults and still needs to be tested on patients dealing with chronic pain conditions, however, the research findings are incredibly promising and support mindfulness meditation as a significant aid in overall pain management.
Find all the details of the study and learn more here: http://www.wakehealth.edu/News-Releases/2015/Mindfulness_Meditation_Trumps_Placebo_in_Pain_Reduction.htm.
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