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.

Mindfulness Training May Assuage Early-Life Trauma
Traumatic and chronic stress affects millions of people. Studies have shown that mindfulness meditation and compassion training can reduce the harmful impacts of stress.

Psychotherapy participants show increased physiological responsiveness to a lab stressor relative to matched controls
In a study of 42 psychotherapy participants and 48 matched controls, cortisol was found to increase during the recovery for the psychotherapy participants but decrease for those in the matched control group.

Time to gain trust and change – Experiences of attachment and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy among patients with chronic pain and psychiatric co-morbidity
This study revealed the value of incorporating mindfulness-based cognitive therapy in the treatment of patients with chronic pain disorders.

Mindfulness meditation-related pain relief: Evidence for unique brain mechanisms in the regulation of pain
Mindfulness meditation can reduce pain through unique appraisal methods.

Mindfulness meditation for the treatment of chronic low back pain in older adults: A randomized controlled pilot study
In a study to find a solution to chronic lower back pain in adults age 65 and older, participants completed an 8-week mindfulness-based mediation program.