The holidays are upon us and it is a wonderful time of year. Sadly, for many people the holidays bring a great deal of stress. Obviously, 2020 has thrown us tons of curveballs and we would be naive to think the 2020 holidays won’t come with additional stress. However, we don’t have to be passive and let the stress overcome us. Mindfulness meditation can help with stress and pain.
At Onward Physical Therapy, we believe that pain and dysfunction is multifactorial and we would be doing a disservice if we only focused on exercise. While exercise is a large component to decreasing pain and improving well-being, it is only part of the puzzle. In order to truly achieve wellness; nutrition, sleep, and stress relief need to be improved.
In our lives, everyday events are uncontrolled and can be unpleasant. Deadlifts and squats can condition our tissues to handle the rigors of our daily activities. Similarly mindfulness meditation can condition our mind and nervous system to handle the mental and emotional curveballs life can throw at us.
Research has shown that mindfulness meditation can improve markers for stress, anxiety, addiction, blood pressure, and pain. Also, mindfulness meditation can reduce the response in brain areas correlated with pain and consistent meditation can reduce the overall size of these structures. In addition, like most things in life, with more practice comes added benefits. Research has shown the more time and experience meditating, the greater the reduction in pain.
Do you want to learn more about how meditation can help relieve stress and pain? Schedule your first appointment http://onwardrichmond.com/.
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