Are you sensitive to pain? Try Mindfulness

A study from Wake Forest School of Medicine compared mindfulness meditation to placebo analgesia, or the inability to feel pain. The researchers were curious as to whether a person’s natural level of mindfulness, or dispositional mindfulness, was associated with lower pain sensitivity; also, they hoped to identify what parts of the brain were involved.

The results produced neurobiological evidence that individuals who are more dispositionally mindful experienced less pain. More specifically, those with more dispositional mindfulness had less activation in the posterior cingulate cortex, which is an area of the brain hypothesized to involve internally directed thoughts (think mindfulness), as well as memory retrieval, learning, motivation.

Mindfulness is already incorporated at many therapies aimed at treating chronic pain and this study further contributes to the research. If you experience chronic pain, or are more sensitive to pain, mindfulness meditation training may help.

Ashley Allen