A psychologist from Texas Tech Medical Center proved that meditation can be used to self-regulate pain. He created a stress and pain management program that combines meditation and yoga techniques with medical and psychological treatment. Participants in the study who practiced meditation found that their pain management skills and ability to cope with pain had significantly improved. The program was directed towards patients with chronic pain, encouraging patients to combat pain by becoming more mindful and striving to “stay in the moment.” This mindfulness technique helped direct participants’ focus away from the perceived pain and towards the present moment. Patients reported reduced or alleviated pain upon completing the program.