From Massage and Music to Hypnosis and Biofeedback: 11 Mind-Body Ways to Ease Pain and Depression

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Stacey Colino on Mar 9, 2012 at 3:13PM

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From Massage and Music to Hypnosis and Biofeedback: 11 Mind-Body Ways to Ease Pain and Depression

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Meditate to Dull Pain and Sadness

Mindfulness meditation -- focusing on your breath and each present moment -- can lessen cancer pain, low back pain and migraine headaches. Researchers at Brown University in Providence, R.I., found that when women with chronic pelvic pain participated in an eight-week mindfulness meditation program, their pain decreased and their mood improved. Practicing mindfulness meditation teaches you how to react to your thoughts in a way that can relieve pain and depression, says Michael Yapko, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist in Fallbrook, Calif., and author of Mindfulness and Hypnosis: The Power of Suggestion to Transform Experience. It also calms the nervous system and alters neurotransmitter levels in the brain, which can reduce pain and enhance wellbeing, Schmidt adds. Meanwhile, research at the University of Pittsburgh found that mindfulness meditation helped older adults with low back pain reduce the physical ache, sleep better and feel better emotionally -- a triple win!

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