Decreases Perceived Pain

meditation-image-97A researcher from the University of Manchester in England reported to LiveScience that perceived pain is reduced after practicing meditation. Although meditation does not change the sensory experience of pain, it does alter the way people respond to anticipated pain. In contrast, feelings of pain are intensified in depressed individuals. By also helping to reduce depression, meditation therefore reduces perceived pain. People who regularly meditate focus on the present, reducing their anticipation of pain compared to that of non-meditators. Mindfulness meditation is the most commonly used meditation technique used to treat chronic pain, training individuals to stay in the moment and divert the emotional impact that causes pain sensitivity.