Bring up pain and meditation in the same sentence and most people will think you are referring to meditation’s effectiveness in helping individuals to heal, accept, and move through the emotional pain that is an inevitable part of life. Let’s face it, when it comes down to it, life is full of disappointment, confusion, and chaos. But meditation can also be effective in healing physical pain that, like it’s emotional counterpart, is also inevitable if you plan on really living life consciously.
Sonya Colberg pens this recent New OK post on how the use of meditation and other alternative therapies to treat pain is a growing trend in the US. Today, according to Colberg, individuals looking for pain management are more often turning to complementary medicine rather than risk becoming addicted to powerful narcotics or hurting their bodies further.
Desperate pain victims are turning to complementary and alternative medicine — acupuncture, meditation, mineral baths, yoga and other treatments.
Four out of 10 adults used complementary and alternative medicine therapy in 2007 — mostly natural products and deep breathing exercises — according to the most recent National Health Interview Survey released by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Pain treatment was one of the most common reasons people used complementary and alternative medicine, according to the study.
Read more from Colberg on using meditation and other less conventional healing practices to deal with physical pain here.