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By Rick Nauert PhD Senior News Editor
Reviewed by John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on December 9, 2010 

Meditation using the Zen technique has been found beneficial for many health conditions. One application of Zen is for the relief of pain, as practitioners report a reduced sensitivity to pain.

However, according to new research from the Université de Montréal, people who practice meditation — meditators — actually do feel pain but they simply don’t dwell on it as much.

These findings, published in the month’s issue of Pain, may have implications for chronic pain sufferers, such as those with arthritis, back pain or cancer.

“Our previous research found that Zen meditators have lower pain sensitivity. The aim of the current study was to determine how they are achieving this,” said senior author Pierre Rainville, Ph.D., researcher at the Université de Montréal.

Read in Full:  http://psychcentral.com/news/2010/12/09/meditation-relieves-pain-by-mostly-ignoring-it/21668.html



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