Attention meditation can be an effective way to diminishchronic pain, researchers have found.
The psychological technique most used to treat chronic pain – which affects one in five adults – is cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).
A study published in the online magazine Evidence Based Mental Health says conscious meditation could be used to "reduce the severity and the impact of pain due to chronic health conditions and associated associated stress with them".
The researchers who conducted the study, published on Thursday, say that progress is important because not all those who live with the effects of chronic pain find the TCC useful for reducing the symptoms.
Attention therapy uses meditation techniques for the consciousness of thought, body sensation and the immediate environment.
The team behind the study looked for research groups for relevant clinical trials that assessed the effectiveness of TCC and the reduction of stress based on the awareness for the treatment of diseases that They have lasted for at least three months.
Based on an initial clinical trial of 184, 21 of almost 2000 people were selected.
Most of the participants were women between 35 and 65 years old, who suffered mainly musculoskeletal pain.
But in almost four out of 10 studies, participants had suffered acute pain for more than a decade.
The study combined both direct and indirect indications of the potential impact of CBT on health in three factors: compared to usual care or non-attendance, compared to the care and the usual attention or not, compared to the TCC.
Both techniques showed an improvement in physical functioning and a decrease in pain severity and associated depression, compared to usual care or not.
However, the researchers warned that only one of the 21 trials compared TCC with care and only 12 of the trials were considered reasonable or of good quality.
The findings also showed that it is too early to know if CBT or consciousness was better for people with different types of pain and related psychological symptoms.
However, the report indicated that additional research is needed to connect the gap in the results.
The magazine concluded: "Although they have proposed several recommendations to improve TCC in patients with chronic pain, an additional solution can be to offer patients a reduction of stress based on consciousness, as it shows promises to improve the severity of pain and reduce the interference of pain and psychological anxiety. & # 39;
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