Jyoti Meditation May Help Chronic Neck Pain

Prof. Dr. med. Andreas Michalsen Stiftungsprofessur für klinische Naturheilkunde Institut für Sozialmedizin, Epidemiologie und Gesundheitsökonomie Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin Immanuel Krankenhaus BerlinMedicalResearch.com Interview with:
Prof. Dr. med. Andreas Michalsen
Stiftungsprofessur für klinische Naturheilkunde
Institut für Sozialmedizin, Epidemiologie und
Gesundheitsökonomie
Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin
Immanuel Krankenhaus Berlin

Medical Research: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings?

Response: Chronic neck and back pain is an increasing health care problem in Europe and the U.S.

Chronic neck pain is associated with distress and there is a need to evaluate methods of stress reduction in the management of chronic neck pain. The main findings of this trial were, that an 8-week meditation program teaching a traditional meditation technique, Jyoti meditation, leads to significant pain relief and reduced pain-related bothersomeness.

Medical Research: What should clinicians and patients take away from your report?

Response: Meditation may help patients with chronic neck pain and should be recommended in addition to exercise as a self-help technique.

Medical Research: What recommendations do you have for future research as a result of this study?

Response: Future studies should include longer follow-up observation periods to assess the longer term effects on function and disability. Meditation, e.g. Jyoti meditation should be evaluated in other chronic pain syndromes as low back pain, headache and fibromyalgia.

Citation:

Michael Jeitler, Stefan Brunnhuber, Larissa Meier, Rainer Lüdtke, Arndt Büssing, Christian Kessler, Andreas Michalsen. Effectiveness of Jyoti Meditation for Patients With Chronic Neck Pain and Psychological Distress—A Randomized Controlled Clinical Trial. The Journal of Pain, 2015; 16 (1): 77 DOI: 10.1016/j.jpain.2014.10.009

MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Prof. Dr. med. Andreas Michalsen (2015). Jyoti Meditation May Help Chronic Neck Pain 

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