Today, we realise that pain is something that we can’t always get rid of in a heartbeat. In fact, we are beginning to talk about pain management.
As humans, we experience pain for a variety of reasons. We may experience pain after an injury or an illness. Psychological pain can even manifest itself as physical pain. Anxiety is often associated with chronic back pain. If that is the case, can we get rid of both anxiety and back pain with meditation.?
Please feel free to carry on reading the Your Back Pain Relief guide to physical and psychological back pain. Remember if you do experience pain, it is important to wear a back support when you exercise.
What Is Meditation?
Meditation is a discipline that is included in many of the world’s religions. Its intention is to induce a state of deep relaxation, inner harmony, and increased awareness.
Various techniques can be used during meditation all of which involves focusing the mind on a particular object or activity.
Can it stop pain? What we do know, is that meditation can reverse the body’s fight-and-flight response. As we all know, stress can manifest itself both mentally and physically. In other words, it is completely possible that meditation can lead to better pain management.
The Theory Of Meditation
To understand meditation better, you need to look at the theory that governs meditation. So far, scientists have discovered that meditation has a direct link to electrical activity in the brain. The activity can be measured on a graph.
That does not directly answer the question of how meditation can help with pain management. But, we know that the electrical activity in the brain helps us to control the nervous system. It is our nervous system that lets us experience pain.
So, if we can control the nervous system, can we control pain? It would seem that we can. Many medical doctors have acknowledged that there is a link between pain, relaxation, and meditation. Don’t be surprised if your doctor recommends meditation as a relaxation technique when it comes to a chronic health problem, as well as the use of the best posture corrector.
How Often Should I Meditate?
That is the wonderful thing about meditation. When you get good at it, you can meditate almost anywhere and for a short period of time. It seems that the more often you meditate, the better you will feel physically.
Does that mean you have to set aside a certain time or length of time every day to meditate? No, it doesn’t. It would seem that to get more out of your meditation, you should do it when your body feels ready for it.
How Quickly Will Meditation Help Me To Manage Pain?
That is the 10 million dollar question and it is hard to answer.
An important part of meditation is to learn how important it is to accept. Before you begin to manage your pain, you need to accept the pain. Once you have done that, start thinking about the first time you experienced the pain.
Go back to that point in time and see if you can remember what happened. Did you experience a stressful event? If you did, spend some time thinking about what happened and the circumstances.
The quicker you can do that, the faster you can get to the bottom of the problem and reduce any pain that you are feeling.
Do I Need To Sit Up When I Meditate?
To get the most out of meditation sitting up is important. Meditation simply does not work as well when you lay down. Also, you are much more likely to fall asleep when you lay down.
When you find sitting up difficult due to pain, try wearing a back support of some kind. Can you support yourself against a wall?
By all means, you can use a wall as support. However, meditation works better when you have “clear” space around you. If your back hurts, just wear a support instead.
Do I Need To Use Crystals?
You have probably seen a lot of people that are into meditation using crystals. YouTube is packed with folk claiming certain crystals can help you to meditate better.
The jury is out on the effect of crystals. No one is really sure if they help or not. The answer to your question is that you don’t need to rush out and buy crystals to help you meditate better.
However, certain sound waves may help. It is well-known that sound waves generated from certain frequencies can help to make meditation easier and improve the results.
There is no particular frequency, simply find a sound you like. Tibetan music and chanting often help.
Do I Have To Close My Eyes?
No, you don’t have to close your eyes. You will often hear experienced yogis talk about different chakras. Maybe it works and maybe it doesn’t. At the end of the day, it is a matter of focus.
Ajna Chakra is a centre in the middle of the forehead. It is often referred to as the third eye. If you can, try to focus on this point in your forehead. For some reason, it does seem to work but we can’t as yet explain why. This kind of meditation is called Shambhavi Mudra is an excellent way of finding a focus and melting away pain.
But, if you like, you can meditate with your eyes wide open.
Yes, there is a link between meditation and lower back pain. It does not mean you will get rid of chronic back pain or that it will never come back.
But, through using meditation techniques you can increase the brain’s production of alpha waves that will, in turn, have a positive effect on your nervous system. In many ways, meditation is best described as natural pain control. It can help us to manage chronic symptoms and make our lives less stressful.
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