If you’ve been around meditation for a while you know that it’s helpful with a lot of things. Emotional challenges, physical problems, and spiritual maladies are just some of the things that meditation can help provide both relief and insight into. The bigger question for most, however, is how does this alternative healing practice do it?
Alex Knapp, in a follow-up Forbes post, considers why meditation might work so well when it comes to relieving pain. According to Knapp, who quotes from a recent Brain Research Bulletin post, the mind and body centering practice works by manipulating the brain’s alpha waves which in turn inhibits pain signals.
These findings suggest that the practice of meditation can lead to changes in alpha wave behavior, which in turn may lead to the pain relief. There is some research that suggests that alpha waves can be involved in inhibiting communication in the brain, and in the case of meditation, it may be that meditators are able to accordingly inhibit their pain signals.
Read more from Knapp on how meditation is effective in relieving pain here.