January 27, 2015

Doctors like your Augusta chiropractor often recommend exercise for back pain and neck pain relief. Does exercise help back and neck pain? Certainly! Is there research to support exercise for these conditions? Absolutely! Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic knows that the surrounding muscles and fascia play an important role in controlling and relieving back and neck pain. So part of the Augusta chiropractic care plan at Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic is often exercise for the physical body. But what about the mental part of back and neck pain? Let’s look at a calming exercise for the brain that controls the body: meditation.

Meditation is in the news. You've probably heard about meditation. It’s likely a recognition that the mind plays an important role in people’s daily experience of life. For some Augusta folks, meditation may be “out there,” but for others meditation may be the thing to try that will offer relieving help.

Now, patients who suffer with a chronic pain condition - one that has been with them for years be that neck pain or back pain or leg pain or whatever - are accustomed to their mind’s attention to pain. Might meditation be a way for them to change their focus, adjust their attention? It may be. Meditation may be for some Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic’s Augusta neck pain patients a way to contain and manage the pain.

Researchers just published findings that meditation may be a new approach to reducing chronic neck pain. Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic strives to share new and effective approaches to pain reduction and management for our Augusta patients.  Now, these researchers studied chronic neck pain patients who had experienced neck pain for an average of 11 years.  These neck pain patients reported pain over 40 out of 100 on the pain scale. The researchers randomized these chronic neck pain patients to one of two groups for 8 weeks: meditation or home exercise.  Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic found the outcomes encouraging: meditation “significantly reduced pain” and decreased the bothersomeness of the neck pain more than home exercise. Bottomline: meditation seemed to have helped these chronic neck pain sufferers with pain reduction and pain coping. (1) Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic sees nothing wrong with either of these outcomes!

So consider exercising your mind with meditation to reduce back and neck pain. It can be done at home alone or with others in a class or via an online directed meditation. Whatever format you are comfortable with, meditation may be an effective addition to your Augusta chiropractic care plan of spinal manipulation with Cox Technic and exercise. Contact Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic today.