Why Mindfulness Might Help with Back Pain

10th Mar 2016

New research suggests mindful meditation among seniors suffering from chronic low back pain may reduce pain.

The study, involving nearly 300 seniors with long-term low back pain, were assigned a two-month mindful meditation course. Dr. Natalia Morone, associate professor of medicine at the University of Pittsburgh said, “Mindful meditation is a method to learn how to be fully engaged in the present moment and not let the mind get so easily distracted.”

Dr. Morone adds as patients practice this meditation and tried to stay more focused, “participants found they experienced less pain.”

The result? In the study, half of the participants were engaged in a mindful meditation class for eight weeks. The other group practiced an eight week healthy aging program discussing blood pressure management and stretching.

While both groups saw an improvement in mobility and pain, eighty percent of the mindful meditation group had said their back pain had eased after the eight week course. By comparison, only thirty-seven percent of the healthy living group said their back pain eased.