Pain Medicine published a study on the effects of mind-body treatments in reducing chronic pain. Older people participated in treatments that consisted of muscle relaxation, meditation, hypnosis, tai chi, and yoga exercises in an effort to alleviate chronic pain. Participants suffering from lower back pain and osteoarthritis claimed that meditation and tai chi were the most effective treatments in targeting those areas. Elderly patients were better able to cope with pain while regaining body function and movement. In particular, participants benefitted from the holistic approach of meditation and other mind-body approaches, which target the ways that the body, mind, and behavior interact in individuals.