As Osteopaths, it’s not uncommon for us to see patients living with chronic pain. Studies have been done that show meditation, or mindfulness, can be used as an effective management strategy and now there is research that shows meditation may also be able to increase your levels of happiness. The article claims it can be done by “exercising” part of the brain that deals with happiness called the “precuneus”. This is because the study found that people with a larger precuneus tend to rate themselves as being happier than those who are found to have a smaller one.
By using meditation techniques and actively seeking the best in as many situations as possible the precuneus increases in grey matter. Put simply: it grows. This means meditation can have a double benefit for patients dealing with chronic or intense pain – pain management and increased happiness. To find out more, read the full article here!
It’s important to remember that meditation and mindfulness can take a bit of practice before you start feeling any difference within yourself or with your pain levels, for some people it just isn’t for them. Why not try it out and decide for yourself?