Dr Danny Penman of Psychology Today discusses the new research findings on the potential for mindfulness as a chronic pain reliever.
Mindfulness can enhance the quality of life in chronic pain sufferers, new research suggests. The findings add weight to previous studies, which found that mindfulness might have the power to reduce pain severity by half.
This new meta-analysis, published in the peer-reviewed journal Evidence-Based Mental Health, analyzed the evidence from 21 previous studies involving 2,000 chronic pain sufferers. It was designed to assess whether mindfulness was as effective as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for relieving chronic pain and its associated distress.