Mindfulness therapy may not be effective for managing fibromyalgia
In a recent study, fibromyalgia patients using mindfulness-based stress reduction, such as practising yoga, showed no significant improvements in either physical symptoms or emotional well-being.
A program aimed at easing stress with meditation and yoga may not be much help for people with the chronic-pain condition fibromyalgia, a recent study suggests.
The study, published in the journal Pain, looked at the effects of so-called mindfulness-based stress reduction — a technique developed by researchers at the University of Massachusetts in 1979 that combines mindfulness meditation and gentle yoga
For the new study, researchers led by Dr. Stefan Schmidt, of the University Medical Center in Freiburg, Germany, tested the program’s effects among 177 women with fibromyalgia.
They found that women assigned to the mindfulness program showed no greater gains in health-related quality of life than those assigned to a waiting list for treatment.
Yes, I think we need a little more than that… like some actual pain relief might help. Nevertheless reduction of stress and being mindful of ones emotional state can’t do any harm and may have some benefit.
That being said I think meditation does something for the perception of pain but not the pain itself. In other words, how we react or cope with pain, but not the physical pain in and of itself. I think it is beneficial to practice among other pain coping skills.