meditation and pain, undefeated mind.

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“Further, other research showed that when chronic pain patients were trained to reduce the activity in their anterior cingulate cortex by receiving real-time visual feedback from inside a functional MRI scanner, they were able to reduce their pain by as much as 50 percent without specifically intending pain reduction as their goal, offering evidence that conscious control of nonconscious brain activity is not only possible but also might represent another way to control pain.
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In addition to recommending meditation, she emphasized how chronic pain differs from acute pain; that unlike acute pain, chronic pain doesn’t represent harm.
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She stressed the need for him to abandon the short-term strategies he used to treat his pain, strategies that interfered with his ability to work (for example, remaining still or not going outside).”
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