The Mindfulness Solution to Pain: Step-by-step Techniques for Chronic Pain Management

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New Harbinger Publications, 2009 - Health & Fitness - 209 pages

Your mood, thoughts, and emotions can affect your perception of pain and even your ability to heal. In fact, your past life experiences influence your current physical challenges: “your biography influences your biology.” While treatments like medication and physical therapy can be enormously beneficial to the body, to maximize pain relief, it's necessary to take advantage of the mind's healing abilities. This book offers a revolutionary new treatment approach, mindfulness-based chronic pain management, that helps you harness your mind's power to quiet your pain and put you in control.

Mindfulness practice, which includes stationary meditations, movement meditations, mindful art, and other strategies, will help you:

  • Understand how emotions and thoughts affect physical symptoms
  • Reverse the debilitating effects of some chronic pain conditions
  • Prevent pain from becoming chronic or long-term
  • Lift the anxiety and depression that may accompany chronic pain

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I recently decided to buy this book and finally, after everything I've read about the benefits of mindfulness for pain management, commit to making this part of my life. I blog about my journey reading this book at my blog I find the book makes you take an honest re-appraisal of your approach to pain management, and life, but gives you a lot of support and encouragement along the way. Highly recommended!  


getting started on managing your pain understanding why you have it
mindfulness what is it? getting acquainted with your inner resources 1
meditation 101 getting acquainted with your inner resources 2
mindfulness checking in on your progress
meditation challenges
searching the brain for clues to pain turning on that flashlight
reclaiming the parts that hurt the body scan
people stress
art see the painfeel the gain
visualizations and guided imagery
reclaiming your life with pain or without
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reclaiming caring for yourself your physical needs

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About the author (2009)

Jackie Gardner-Nix, MD, PhD, is a chronic pain consultant in the Department of Anesthesia and the Pain Clinic of St Michael's Hospital in Toronto, ON, Canada, and the Department of Anesthesia and Pain Management at Sunnybrook Health Services Centre, also in Toronto. She is assistant professor in the Department of Anaesthesia, at the University of Toronto. Gardner-Nix is internationally renowned for her ability in managing chronic pain through expert use of medications. She has been onadvisory boards for pain medications, including for the College of Physicians and Surgeons, the Ontario Medical Association, and the Ministry of Health. She is an accomplished speaker who has given many workshops and presentations internationally, and has written publications on palliative care and control of chronic non-cancer pain. She was a Toronto Sun Women on the Move nominee in 1994 for her work in palliative care. Lucie Costin-Hall, MA, currently works with Jackie Gardner-Nix as a cofacilitator of the Mindfulness-Based Chronic Pain Management (MBCPM) workshops for patients at two teaching hospitals in Toronto, as well as for patients at numerous distant sites throughout Ontario via the interactive conferencing technology of the Ontario Telehealth Network (OTN). It is estimated that over the last five years more than 1,500 chronic pain patients have taken these courses. Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, is internationally known for his work as a scientist, writer, and meditation teacher engaged in bringing mindfulness into the mainstream of medicine and society. He is professor of medicine emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and author of numerous books, including Full Catastrophe Living, Arriving at Your Own Door, and Coming to Our Senses .

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