Chronic pain? Meditate.

MeditationThis time of year it’s easy to over schedule. Maybe it’s time to take a few minutes and treat yourself with this meditation video.

Research shows meditation can help those with chronic pain.

Linda Carlson, Ph.D., a psychological oncologist at the University of Calgary, says, “Pain suffering often equals physiological pain sensation multiplied by psychological resistance.”

What is meditation?

Meditation teaches you to focus your attention and eliminate distracting stressful thoughts.

This mind-body practice in complementary and alternative medicine can calm and center your mind.

Don’t stress over meditating just the “right” way. But here are a few guidelines:

Turn technology off.

When you first learn meditation, turn your smart phone, television or music off. As your meditation skills grow, you can meditate while waiting in line to have little Johnny’s picture taken with Santa.

Get comfortable.

It doesn’t matter whether you’re sitting, lying down or when you’re more experienced, walking.

Focus your attention.

Think about a specific object, mantra or your breathing. When you start thinking about other things, simply refocus.

Breathe from your diaphragm.

Your stomach will expand when you inhale. This will slow your breathing and take in more oxygen.

Robert W. Ferguson, D.C., F.I.A.M.A., state-licensed chiropractor and acupuncturist, sees patients at 2250 W. 86th Street, Ste. 100, on the north side of Indianapolis by Le Peep restaurant. Just look for the orange sign.

Chiropractic Rehabilitation & Acupuncture now accepts Healthy Indiana Plan for chiropractic services, and most insurance for chiropractic therapy and acupuncture.

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