A recent study using mindfulness and/or meditation finds it is ineffective in reducing back pain in the long run.
The results were published online April 24 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
Mindfulness was found to help pain symptoms in the short term, but not in the long-term -- though researchers note it may work better for some than for others.
Some patients were offered standard back pain treatment, such as physical therapy and exercise routines that aim to strengthen the back and abdominal muscles; prescription and over-the-counter pain medications; ice packs and heat packs; and spinal manipulation and/or massage (chiropractic care). In some cases, surgery is recommended for chronic back pain.The seven studies that were reviewed involved close to 900 patients who had lower back pain for at least three months. Six of the studies were conducted in the United States; the seventh in Iran.
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