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Meditation as Medication
Scientific research is unveiling the potential healing power of our minds. In the brains of patients with chronic pain, neural pathways are formed to respond to the sensation of pain. The strength and connections of these pathways may lead to a conditioned pain response, even after an injury is healed. Meditation can “rewire” these pathways in a process called neuromodulation. Recent research demonstrated that chronic pain patients who consistently practiced meditation significantly reduced the perception of their pain. Brain imaging done on these patients also demonstrated that the pain relief was not all “in their minds”, but rather based upon anatomical changes within their nervous system. Meditation may not cure underlying physical abnormalities, but it will help refocus your attention to alleviate the perception of pain.