Researchers studied experienced meditators, who had more than 1,000 hours of meditation experience, and their reaction to pain.
Meditators Had Lower Sensitivity to Pain
When an external heat source was applied to the lower legs of the group, the research team noticed a dramatic difference in how the two groups reacted to pain – the meditators had much lower pain sensitivity compared to non-meditators.
Slower Breathing the Key
What the team noticed in particular was that the pain thresholds of the meditators were higher than non-meditators and that the meditators further reduced their pain through slower breathing. And if you have ever meditated, you will know that while you focus on the breath, it tends to become slow and calm.
Considerable research has been carried out into mindfulness and meditation but much of it relates to the emotional aspects of pain. This study shows that indeed meditation can be useful in dealing with the actual physical sensations associated with pain.
Not Experienced? Even a Short Meditation Course Can Help
Another study showed that even a little training in how to meditate can go a long way. Even just three training sessions of 20 minutes per day was enough decrease participants’ sensitivity to pain.
Meditation seems to reduce anxiety related to experiencing pain and then enhances the ability to focus on the present moment.
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