Patients with Chronic Pain May Benefit from Yoga and Meditation

According to a new study that appeared in the Journal of the America Osteopathic Association, a mindful-based stress reduction (MBSR) course that included yoga and meditation helps patients with chronic pain and depression.Patients with Chronic Pain May Benefit from Yoga and Meditation

The researchers noticed that mindful meditation and yoga led to significant improvements in patients' perceptions of pain, depression, and disability. After the course, the Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9) scores, a standard measure of depression, dropped by 3.7 points on a 27-point scale.

Cynthia Marske, DO, an osteopathic physician and director of graduate medical education at the Community Health Clinics of Benton and Linn County says: “The bottom line is that patients are seeking new ways to cope with chronic pain and effective non-pharmaceutical treatments are available. Our findings show meditation and yoga can be a viable option for people seeking relief from chronic pain.”

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