Reduces Pain Sensitivity

meditation-image-96Researchers from the Society of Neuroscience determined that meditation alters the processes of pain signals in the brain. After study participants practiced mindful awareness for four days, pain responses in their brain were significantly reduced. Volunteers reported less intense pain after practicing meditation. Researchers explained that right after meditating, sensory information relay in the brain slows, causing the individual to perceive a less intense pain. Meditation also reduces pain by decreasing anxiety, regulating emotions, and inducing relaxation. In another study published in the Journal of Pain, participants practiced meditation for thirty minutes each day for four days. After the treatment, their MRI brain images also displayed reduced reactions to pain.