Mindfully Control Back Pain

By John M. de Castro, Ph.D.   “MBSR is a practice that can help you “turn the volume down” on the perception of back pain by teaching you to look into the pain, and being with the experience and not resisting it so much. Looking into our emotional reactivity to it. Focusing on the present, […]

Up to your Neck in Pain – Try Yoga

  “For many people, managing pain involves using prescription medicine in combination with complementary techniques like physical therapy, acupuncture, yoga and massage. I appreciate this because I truly believe medical care should address the person as a whole – their mind, body, and spirit.” – Naomi Judd   We all have to deal with pain. […]

Treat Back Pain with Yoga

   “Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured.” ~B.K.S. Iyengar   Low Back Pain affects a wide swath of humanity (6% to 15%) and is the leading cause of disability worldwide. It affects almost everyone with 80% of the population experiencing back pain sometime during their […]

Reduce Pain with Meditation

“Find a place inside where there’s joy, and the joy will burn out the pain.” – Joseph Campbell   Pain can be difficult to deal with, particularly if it’s persistent. But, even short-term pain, acute pain, is unpleasant. But acute pain is an important signal that there is something wrong or that damage is occurring […]

Pain is a Pain – Relieve it with Meditation

In a previous post we discussed the application of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) for the relief of pain in adult women. https://www.facebook.com/ContemplativeStudiesCenter/photos/a.628903887133541.1073741828.627681673922429/1039886436035282/?type=1&theater It was demonstrated that the combination of meditation, body scan, and yoga contained in MBSR was effective for pain management. Not everything that is effective with adults is also effective with children […]

Mindfulness, the Pain Killer

Many people have to deal with pain on a daily basis. Most use prescription medications to help. But, these drugs are dangerous and over 12,000 people a year die from overdoses of these powerful pain killers. In addition, there are a number of disorders that do not respond well to these drugs. One of these […]

Improve Compassion and Self-Compassion in Health Care Professionals with Mindfulness

Improve Compassion and Self-Compassion in Health Care Professionals with Mindfulness   By John M. de Castro, Ph.D.   “Burgeoning research is showing that self-compassion skills can be of particular benefit to health care professionals, allowing them to experience greater satisfaction in their caregiving roles, less stress, and more emotional resilience.” – CMSC   Stress is […]