Zen meditation cons pain

Publié par happy-diet jeudi 29 avril 2010

Zen meditation cons pain

According to researchers at the University of Montreal, Zen meditation, a practice that can bring balance mentally, physically and emotionally helps to relieve pain.

A new study published in the journal Psychosomatic Medicine, found that followers of Zen meditation are less sensitive to pain than people who do not practice meditation.

The research program was to determine if the followers of the meditation had a different perception of pain compared to people who have never practiced meditation. "Previous studies have shown that patients with chronic pain could benefit from the practice of meditation, but few researchers have studied the resistance to pain in healthy subjects well trained in this practice. This study represents a first step we will determine how and why meditation can influence the perception of pain, "says Joshua Grant, one of the first investigators.

The researchers recruited thirteen experienced practitioners of meditation have a minimum of about 1000 hours of practice and subjected to a test of pain tolerance. They compared their responses with those of thirteen other subjects who have never practiced meditation. There were 10 women and 16 men aged 22-56 years. The test of tolerance to pain was simple: a hot plate was pressed intermittently on the calves of subjects and at varying temperatures. The degree of heat initially at 43 degrees Celsius was gradually raised to reach up to 53 degrees Celsius, according to the sensitivity of subjects. While many proponents of meditation have tolerated the maximum temperature, none of the control subjects could not do.

Researchers and Grant Rainville noted a marked difference in the reaction of two groups: the followers of meditation, even if they are not in a meditative state, have a sensitivity to the pain much less than non-insiders practice. Followers of Zen meditation reduced the sensation of pain through slower breathing, that is to say, 12 breaths per minute compared to 15 breaths per minute on average for other participants.

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