Yoga is a powerful way to relieve pain and stress
Tuesday, 26 April 2011
Many individuals can attest to the power of meditation as a method of pain management. However, the mechanism behind the positive cerebral effects of relaxation and increased mindfulness has been poorly understood. Recently, the Seattle Times reported that modern technology is enabling scientists to observe the influential changes that occur in the mind after engaging in a regimen such as yoga.
Researchers from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center published a paper in the Journal of Neuroscience showing that meditation successfully reduced the intensity of pain in a group of individuals who had never before participated in the soothing exercise.
They conducted their study among 15 healthy adults, all of whom were taught to meditate in a series of 20-minute classes. At the end of the study, magnetic resonance imaging scans were administered to detect changes in the morphology of the brain.
The team discovered that following the meditation sessions, there was reduced activity in the region associated with pain.
In addition to the management of pain, those who practice yoga can relieve stress, sleep better and improve their mindfulness.