Important Discovery for the 11.2 million People with Chronic Pain: Mindfulness Meditation provides effective pain reduction without opioids…

…AND it may provide a synergistic effect if used with opioids, thereby allowing for a reduction in opioid dosages. This is big news for the 11+ million people in the U.S. enduring chronic pain and the resulting increases in anxiety and depression.

 Effective management of pain is a major medical challenge in our country at the present time. An estimated 11.2% of the U.S. adult population suffers from chronic pain and the economic cost of pain is well over half a trillion dollars a year.

~ Wen G. Chen, Ph.D., Program Director, Division of Extramural Research,
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health

You can learn to use this transformational method at my Mindfulness Awareness Training immersion class beginning Wednesday April 27 at the Station House St. Pete​. Contact me for details and registration.

This and other recent studies highlight the premise of DayQuest Life Counseling and Healthy Mind Services: i.e. Health Begins in the Mind. We are essentially a self-healing system, in many ways. Turning on the power of the mind is just now being investigated and utilized. But we know that healing the psychic injuries of the past, changing negative self-talk, resolving trauma, reducing and managing stress are inter-related to overall physical as well as mental/emotional/spiritual health. And, we are learning that well-being is a trainable skill, so we can learn skills to maintain optimal well-being.

Mindfulness is but one, though very powerful, method of using power of the mind. Accelerated Resolution Therapy and EMDR are others, as well as the many other healing strategies and methods that psychotherapy have developed over time.

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Wen G. Chen, Ph.D., NCCIH

Read the post by  Wen G. Chen, Ph.D., Program Director, Division of Extramural Research, National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health here or on the link below for details of this important study.

I’ll be speaking on this and other mindfulness topics tomorrow, 10 a.m., at the Better Living for Seniors Mental Health Sub-Committee, April 1 at the Koger Building, St. Petersburg. Contact Area Agency on Aging Pasco-Pinellas for details 727-570-9696

Source: http://nccih.nih.gov/research/blog/mindfulness-meditation-pain

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