- Site: University of Massachusetts Medical School
- Who it's for: People who want to learn about the mind-body connection
- Why we like it: UMass’s Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society advocates an approach called mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR), a series of techniques (including meditation) that help cultivate self-awareness in order to reduce stress and pain. The center’s website contains information and research about MBSR, as well as a searchable directory of MBSR programs across the United States and around the world.
A: Surveys show that 40% or more of chronic pain patients use some level of complementary therapies. The number is high because pain is becoming epidemic. More people are experiencing pain, so you are going to have people who don’t get immediate relief and start searching for other options. According to several large surveys done by the National Institutes of Health, the needs of the pain patient aren’t always being met. So it makes sense that pain patients will ask, "What else is out there?"
The most common treatments are manual therapies, such as massage or chiropractic, as well as herbal medicine, dietary supplements, acupuncture, and mind/body therapies (a catchall phrase for techniques like biofeedback, guided imagery, and meditation). Read More
How patients use alternative medicine
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How CBT helps
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How one patient found relief
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