I am sure you have all heard a lot about meditation in different scenarios But what about the role of meditation in pain management? Meditation is a state of empty mind. This sounds simple but may be difficult in practice. Our mind is busy and running at all times. Even when we do not intend to think, something is running in the background. Getting the thinking to come into a halt needs practice.
If you try it, you will see that you can keep the mind still for a short time and then the stream of thoughts find their way into your mind. The trick is not to be upset about this. You will be able to keep the mind still more and more with time and ongoing practice. But what good will it do to our pain? It is shown that by thinking about anything we can feel it more. Meditation can distract our mind from the focus it has on our pain. As a result, we would manage to feel the pain less over time. There are many systems of meditation, but the end result is all the same. It will not cure the pain, but it will make it easier to handle.
Meditation and relaxation exercises are now fundamental parts of all patient self management skill programs. We use it in Toronto Poly Clinic for our patients through a patient guide which is free of charge. In today’s expensive world of pain management, learning a free technique that you can use at your home is the best thing to help your pain. Search meditation online, learn about it and practice it every day. It will help you to gain control.
Dr. Kevin ROD