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In Your Own Hands – Couples with Chronic Pain

Every Monday, my blog post “In Your Own Hands” is where I’ll be featuring articles I find interesting or that I think are a good resource to help you take charge of your health. What articles have you read recently that caught your attention? Leave a comment and let me know.

Spousal mindfulness and social support in couples with chronic pain
Chronic pain can strain a marriage, but spouses are important source of support.

Integrating meditation with science
Although it can be difficult to scientifically evaluate mindfulness, its effects on the brain can be studied. Neuroscientists can use information from people who practice meditation.

How to stress less: the art of mindfulness
Mindfulness-based stress reduction, or MBSR, has been shown in many studies to help with chronic pain, hypertension, anxiety and depression.

Multidisciplinary Rehabilitation for Chronic Widespread Musculoskeletal Pain: Results from Daily Practice
Consider multidisciplinary approaches to pain management. Cognitive behavioral therapy, exercise, and group sessions help chronic widespread musculoskeletal pain patients manage pain.

Relationships between amount of post-intervention mindfulness practice and follow-up outcome variables in an acceptance-based behavior therapy for Generalized Anxiety Disorder: The importance of informal practice
Mindfulness increases quality of life, even after treatment. In addition, this study finds that informal practice of mindfulness is more effective than formal practice.

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