Health Watch - Mind and Body: Meditation and Pain

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about the link between mind and body. Chronic pain from the body can wear on the mind, and the key to managing the physical pain may lie with the mind.

Pain affects more than the body. The suffering can also create mental anguish that amplifies the pain. Dr. Martin Lumpkin, a clinical psychologist at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says learning mindfulness can help patients separate the mental distress from the physical component of pain. Fighting pain perpetuates it and spirals it into suffering, but mindfulness meets the pain with an attitude of allowing instead of protesting. Mindfulness is usually learned through a form of meditation that combines focusing on an experience with awareness of anything else that arises in the moment. Next on Health Watch, we’ll take a closer look at how to achieve pain-fighting mindfulness.

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March 2010


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