Relief with Yoga Exercise
According to a study in the Journal of the American Medical
Association, mind-body medicine is the most popular alternative
approach for people in pain. And at the heart of mind-body
medicine lies the age-old practice of meditation; a quiet, simple
technique that belies an extraordinary power that has scientifically
been proven to boost disease resistance and maintain overall health.
For many people who suffer from chronic pain, spending quiet time
in meditation has proven to be the first step in learning how
to cope with their pain. Over the years, thousands of individuals
have sought help at stress reduction clinics that teach meditation
techniques to people with pain. Their symptoms vary -from
headaches, arthritis, and back pain to anxiety, eczema, and many
other conditions- but their stories are remarkably similar:
those seeking help in coping with their problems, meditation
Pain Relief Is Attained Thru Meditation (Why
human body can produce its own natural chemical
self-stimulants called endorphins. Among other things, this group
of molecules alleviates stress, reduces pain, and gives a feeling
During meditation, when the brain is in a highly synchronous
coherent state (as measured by EEG brainwave biofeedback
machines), it produces large quantities of these pleasure-causing
neuro-chemicals, i.e., endorphins, making the whole experience
pleasurable, giving an overall feeling of well-being. Many report
a feeling of peace, happiness, connectedness, and a sense of
wholeness when meditating.
have found that when the brain is stimulated by a
pleasurable experience, it is capable of overwhelming or
inhibiting other stimuli. Thus, pleasure can overcome depression
Meditation Methods For Coping With Or Overcoming Pain
There are many meditation methods and techniques but they can
generally be divided into several categories listed below. You may
experiment with each one, and maybe even combine them to suit
your needs. It all depends on what works best for you. Meditationis
a very flexible tool.
Category 1: Breathing
One of the first steps in meditation is being aware of your breath.
This method involves the use of specific breathing patterns to
bring about relaxation. Essentially, as you slow your breathing
rate, the body relaxes, and the mind calms down, as well. Based
on my own personal experience, the more relaxed you are, the less
pain you will feel.
Category 2: Transformational Life View
Meditation does not only involve breathing awareness. Many
meditation traditions ask you to ponder on life-changing concepts
such as what reality is and who you really are. Understanding
your True Self, and experiencing your True Self directly thru
meditation causes practitioners to undergo a profound transformation
transformation of view leads them to a different way of looking
at themselves, namely from a perspective
of wholeness. With this change of perspective, a new and profound
coming to terms with their problems and their suffering begins
to take place. From feeling out of control, helpless, and beyond
help, they develop a sense of inner peace and acceptance, and
even a sense of the possible, a feeling of calm confidence,
and control. This attitudinal and emotional transformation plays
a major role towards better health and often causes a reduction
in physical symptoms and improvement in a person's physical
transformational life view brings about an ability to act with
greater balance and inner security in the world, especially when
encountering stress, pain, or illness. This category includes
the popular mindfulness meditation which is used extensively
by stress reduction clinics that have helped thousands of chronic
pain sufferers and people with illnesses.
3: Visualization/ Imagery
Visualization or imagery is a commonly used technique to relieve
anxiety and pain. It involves imagining a pleasant and relaxing,
or even exciting, place or activity that has brought you happiness
in the past or is appealing to you. Mentally exploring this place
or activity in great detail can help induce a sense of calm.
4: Prana/ Chi / Life Force
It is said that a life force flows through our bodies, invariably
known as prana or chi, and that this energy flows through the
body within a psychic nervous system composed of subtle channels.
There is an intimate relationship between our mind and this
subtle nervous system and we can control or direct this energy
for improved well-being, such as for pain relief.
can also visualize blue, white, or pink healing light having
a positive effect on the painful area.
These Yoga meditation techniques have been used for centuries
spiritual purposes. However, they can also be used as natural
pain relief methods. By applying the meditation techniques specifically
for pain control, practitioners are able to have
a positive effect on such severe kinds of pain.
hope these methods help those of you with chronic pain so that
you can use meditation to lead better lives.
K. Norbu is founder of a site that shows you how to experience
your True Self thru Yoga meditation, enabling you to increase
pain threshold and perform amazing feats. Ebooks available include
The Yogic Method For Developing Supernormal Powers and The Ultimate
Yoga Meditation Course. To know more, visit: http://www.PainRelief-Meditation-Yoga.com