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The power of meditation in controlling pain

Living with chronic pain due to an illness or injury can cause even the strongest person to get down and depressed. Medications may make it almost impossible to function normally and so it may come down to dealing with the pain or feeling numb.

What if there was an alternative to powerful painkillers? Mindfulness is a term that gets tossed around quite a bit these days, but the practice of utilizing the brain to ease pain and spur healing is getting more attention, especially in the face of the opioid epidemic. Familiarize yourself with some of the ways meditation can ease help you achieve physical and mental peace in the face of difficult circumstances.

The brain and the central nervous system

The human brain is a powerful force and controls every aspect of the body. Besides the physicality it provides, it also houses the emotional and chemical hubs. It signals body systems to create chemicals and the central nervous system to feel pain or not. What if you could help your brain put a damper on those pain receptors? The results may end with less pain in the short and long term.

Meditation as a pain reducer

By practicing mindfulness meditation, you may help put a damper on those pain signals and help instead produce and flood the brain with feel-good chemicals. MRIs have shown dramatic changes in the brain's patterns of those who practice meditation. In fact, over time, the constant redirecting of the brain's power may result in a permanent change to the brain's function when it comes to pain.

Starting a meditation routine

Practice makes perfect, and when it comes to meditation, it is essential for overall effectiveness. When starting out, you may want to check out local groups or clinics that offer assistance in helping you become established. Finding your own comfort zone and settling in to a regular practice may take time and patience, but with some guidance and diligence, you may find what works for you.

Pain is not something anyone should have to live with after an injury or illness. Using meditation may help you live a more pain-free and productive life.

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