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Transcendental Meditation found to reduce chronic pain

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22 August 2011

Psychiatrist Christopher Clark, M.D.,* answers questions about effects of the Transcendental Meditation technique in bringing relief for chronic pain.

Q: I have chronic back pain. Will the practice of TM help me reduce it? 
Dr. Clark:
Research shows that regular practice of the Transcendental Meditation (TM) technique reduces back pain, headache and chronic pain. The TM technique also resets the body's perception of pain and anticipation of pain. Research also shows that the Transcendental Meditation technique will reduce pain-related stress, insomnia and even depression. These chronic symptoms are often associated with low back or chronic back pain, which afflicts up to 40% of the population at some point in their lives.

Q: Q: I get tension headaches regularly. Is this the sort of thing that TM practice can help? 
Dr. Clark:
Tension headaches are associated with or aggravated by stressful experiences. Even the anticipation of stress can create the same reaction. Research shows that regular practice of the Transcendental Meditation program dissolves stress-aggravated conditions. It allows people to manage tension in their lives to the extent that headaches or other pain-aggravated conditions are reduced or eliminated altogether.

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Research shows Transcendental Meditation reduces the brain's reaction to pain

Click here for more about Transcendental Meditation and chronic pain, including related research showing the effects of the technique in promoting reduction in pain, reduced stress, and faster recovery from stress.

* Christopher Clark, M.D., is a graduate of Yale University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, and a recipient of a child psychology fellowship from the University of Washington. He has practiced medicine for over 20 years and is currently a psychiatrist in Vero Beach, Florida.

© Copyright 2011 American Association of Physicians Practicing the Transcendental Meditation Technique

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