University of Manchester Study Finds Meditation Helps Ease Pain of Arthritis

To reach the conclusion, scientists from The University of Manchester recruited individuals into the study who had a diverse range of experience with meditation, spanning anything from months to decades.

It was only the more advanced meditators whose anticipation and experience of pain differed from non-meditators.

The type of meditation practised also varied across individuals, but all included ''mindfulness meditation'' practices, such as those that form the basis of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), recommended for recurrent depression by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) in 2004.

To add a feather in meditation's glorious studies, one more study conducted by the University of Manchester highlights the positive effect of meditation. The study shows that meditation helps to reduce the emotional impact of physical pain.

The study published in the Journal Pain found that when meditators were induced with a laser device, particular areas of their brains became less active, causing less impact of pain on them. The scientists took individuals having experience of meditation, ranging between months to decades. It was found that less experienced meditators had a different anticipation of pain than those with more experience. Scientists also say that people with more experience in meditation, anticipate the pain least.

People who meditate regularly find it easier to cope with pain because their brains anticipate it less, a study has found.
The findings could help develop new treatments from those who suffer from conditions that cause chronic pain.
Scientists from Manchester University compared non-meditators with a group who had meditated. Although they had varying levels of experience they had all tried mindfulness meditation, which seeks to anchor the person in the present.