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.

Implication of cognitive control capacity in pain experience
Cognitive control capacity – the ability to exert cognitive control on thoughts, emotions, or behaviors – may influence common comorbidities of chronic pain.

Do fibromyalgia patients benefit from cognitive restructuring and acceptance? An experimental study.
This study examines the effects of cognitive restructuring and acceptance on pain tolerance and pain intensity in fibromyalgia patients, and finds that pain tolerance is enhanced.

Effects of Including an Existential Perspective in a Cognitive-Behavioral Group Program for Chronic Pain: A Clinical Trial with 6 Months Follow-Up
Pain-related disability in chronic pain patients decreased when an existential perspective component was added to a more standard cognitive behavioral group treatment program.

Brief Training of Psychoneuroendocrinoimmunology-Based Meditation (PNEIMED) Reduces Stress Symptom Ratings and Improves Control on Salivary Cortisol Secretion Under Basal and Stimulated Conditions
According to this study, even brief Psychoneuroendocrinoimmunology-Based Meditation training can yield immediate benefits.

The Road to Pain Reconceptualisation: Do Metaphors Help or Hinder the Journey?
Clinicians often use metaphors to discuss pain with patients. How does the way we talk about pain influence scientific study, diagnosis, treatment and disability?