Mindfulness Meditation

Mindfulness Meditation in Chronic Pain

Chronic Pain affects approximately 10% of the Canadian population between the ages of 14 and 44. That means that about 1 in 10 people in this range spend extended periods of time in constant and unrelenting pain. There are many treatment options such as physiotherapy, acupuncture, and medications. Recently, however, a new option used in addition to these treatments has grown in popularity.

In 2002, Dr. Jackie Gardner-Nix founded a program at St. Michaels Hospital in Toronto called the Mindfulness-Based Chronic Pain Management Program. Derived from Jon Kabat-Zinn’s (of the United States) famous Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program, it is customized to suit the needs of those suffering from various conditions which cause chronic pain. These conditions include but are not limited to chronic low back pain, fibromyalgia, migraines, arthritis, and Crohn’s Disease, as well as emotionally painful conditions such as depression and panic disorders. Since the program was founded, over 10,000 people have participated in the courses.

The program consists of 4 courses:

Mindfulness-Based Chronic Pain Management Level 1:

  • Teaches the principles of mindfulness meditation, the importance of living in the moment, and the power of now as well as how all of these relate to controlling pain.

Mindfulness-Based Chronic Pain Management Level 1:

  • Delves deeper into the topics of Level 1 course.

Mindfulness-Based Chronic Pain Management Level 3: Emotional Skills:

  • Teaches insightful and less reactive ways to communicate effectively with others and with yourself. This skill reduces stress and therefore control pain better.

Level 4: Emotional Skills: Lumina Spark

  • Learning to identify your personas and understanding the conflicts between them.

Meditation is a significant part of these courses. Mindfulness Meditation can help to harness the power of the mind to quiet your pain and put you back in control. Regular practice of the skills learned in these courses can help to reverse the effects of chronic pain conditions. It has also been found to prevent acute pain from becoming chronic and lift anxiety and depression that often come with chronic pain conditions.

If you are interested in participating in these courses or more information, check out www.neuronovacentre.com for more information.

 

References:

Dr. Jackie Gardner-Nix -  www.neuronovacentre.com

                                                -  Meditations for the Mindfulness Solution to Pain (CD)

                                                -  “The Mindfulness Solution to Pain” (Book)

Statistics Canada – www.statcan.gc.ca

 

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