Saturday, May 24, 2008

Mindfulness meditation reduces pain.

This is my post for HTCwP's May Blog Carnival.

How to Cope with Pain is now offering a monthly Pain-Blog Carnival during the last week of every month, to include each month's best posts. New bloggers are always welcome to contribute.

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Dr Lorimer Moseley, in his "How to Cope with pain" website interview, mentioned that mindfulness meditation is being used for pain management. In 2000, at a three week pain clinic, I learned mindfulness meditation. At the time I was of the opinion that when my distractions were taken away, nauseating pain was worse. If I'd know then what I know now I would have persisted and would have benefited. In particular it would have been good to know that there was already sound research which supported the use of mindfulness for pain.

This is one type of meditation, important because you develop an acceptance and an awareness of what is happening in the present. The "How to Cope with Pain" website (link to the left of this page under crps/rsd related articles), has short breathing exercises and guided imagery sessions. These are great and also help with pain management.

Reducing pain by meditating mindfully..

This is my post for HTCwP's May Blog Carnival.

How to Cope with Pain is now offering a monthly Pain-Blog Carnival during the last week of every month, to include each month's best posts. New bloggers are always welcome to contribute.

http://www.blogger.com/post-edit.g?blogID=33458048&postID=8942285150841413464


Friday, May 02, 2008

Intergrative medicine - looking beyond the text book for better treatment options.

In a previous post I mentioned that I'm attempting to have attention drawn to the treatments that are known to work but not widely known and used in order to provide better care and management for people in pain.
It seems sensible that an internet accessible and hard copy data base of these treatments and their efficacy would provide an excellent resource for practitioners. An internet service could be maintained and kept up to date. The idea being that a doctor for example could submit an inquiry for CRPS/RSD and relevant treatments, protocols etc linked to research would be downloaded.

The importance of this not only for CRPS was brought home to me this week when someone close to me was advised to go on insulin to better manage type 2 diabeties. They were sent to a consultant physician who confirmed that as his readings and cholesterol were not in the advised range and that insulin was advised.. He went to my Intergrative Medical Practitioner who suggested he use a well known, Aruvedic remedy. He was directed to put a teaspoon of Fenugreek in a cup of water at night and in the morning to eat the seeds and drink the water. He did this for three months. Those three months were more stressful than normal in his life and he did not keep to his diet as well as he normally would so he should have had worse readings. However when he saw the consultant physician this week the doctor was amazed. His readings are all good, including cholesterol. The physician was so taken with this result that he wrote down the name fenugreek and hopefully has looked into this further. Here's a link which will explain more about this and some studies.
http://209.85.173.104/search?q=cache:U-VvD2k4hCgJ:www.diabeteshealth.com/read/2005/01/01/4193.html+fenugreek+diabetes&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=1&gl=au
This simple treatment has save him having needing insulin at this stage.
Some people should not take fenugreek so always seek professional advice. I'm telling you about this as another example where an alternative treatment is available but not widely known.
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