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Mindfulness and Chronic Pain

Older man with backacheAt Mind and Wellness Counselling Services, we take a holistic approach to dealing with chronic pain. First we will review with you your current health regime: medications, sleep hygiene, diet, exercise and relaxation. Then we will help you to adopt a Mindfulness Practice as a way to cope with and reduce your chronic pain.

Chronic pain, often defined as pain lasting longer than three months or past the normal time for tissue healing, can lead to significant medical, social, and economic consequences; relationship issues; lost productivity; and larger health care costs. The high prevalence and refractory nature of chronic pain and the negative consequences of pain medication dependence drive investigation of innovative treatment modalities. Patients who seek a treatment plan for chronic pain that includes more than just medication are increasingly turning to complementary, alternative, and integrative medicine. One such modality that pain patients are using is Mindfulness Meditation. Based on ancient Eastern meditation practices, mindfulness is characterized by paying attention to the present moment with openness, curiosity, and acceptance.