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The Mindfulness Solution to Pain

Step-by-step Techniques for Chronic Pain Management

By Jackie Gardner-Nix

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Format: Paperback / softback, 224 pages
Other Information: illustrations
Published In: United States, 31 August 2009
In this book a pain specialist and mindfulness based stress reduction (MBSR) teacher offers techniques proven to reduce chronic pain and suffering using mindfulness meditation exercises based on the pioneering work of Jon Kabat-Zinn. The programme is based on the MBSR work of Jon Kabat-Zinn and modified for the chronic pain population and it was presented at the Mindfulness conference in Boston earlier this year, when Kabat-Zinn explicitly approved of the work. Mindfulness based therapy is the hot topic at the moment. From the outset, the authors explain the science behind why the mind is so important in managing pain, and describe functional MRI studies that will interest the reader immediately. Initial chapters introduce the readers to how the mind processes pain, the role of their biography and genetics, the physiology of their fight and flight responses, which in chronic pain sufferers have become chronic but usually not perceived by the sufferer, and the role of these chronic responses in impairing healing, sleep, and other important bodily functions. Readers are introduced to the concepts of mindfulness and meditation. Movement meditations will be discussed early, as some may not manage 'still' meditation poses. Readers are coached to do five-minute meditations to start with. For the first week of the programme they will be asked to look at factors which increase or bring on their pain, factors that are neutral, and factors that help it.

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"Dr. Jackie's book provides a holistic approach to help people manage and cope with their daily pain. "The Mindfulness Solution to Pain" provides hope to anyone who is suffering and losing function as a result of constant pain." --Sol Stern, MD, chairman of Palliative Care at Halton Healthcare Services in Oakville, ON, Canada

EAN: 9781572245815
ISBN: 1572245816
Publisher: New Harbinger Publications,U.S.
Dimensions: 22.61 x 15.24 x 2.29 centimetres (0.36 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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Ashwin Gangisetty on
 
I am writing this review after only completing half of this book, and will update when finished. This book has opened my eyes to a new type of pain medication - meditation. Unlike the rest of the books I have read broaching the subject of pain management (more specifically for me multiple sclerosis/fibromyalgia management), this one has not lost my attention yet, I have thoroughly enjoyed learning something new to try in my never ending cycle which for me personally entails stress from illnesses/life -_ Pain from fibromyalgia due to stress -_ MS exacerbated by fibromyalgia pain and stress -_ pain meds -_ more pain meds because the last stopped working, and so on. For the first time in a long time I have new hope of changing things, and truly believe stress is a huge factor to pain, based if nothing else, on pure experience.

I will update my review upon finishing this book, but please take a look if you are in a situation like I am, mindfulness is a solid technique for relief, or if you want mindfulness from another perspective, try reading about dialectical behavioral therapy, it is the same techniques but used for psychologically error-ed thinking (distortions in perception).

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