Pain Management With Meditation

Pain Management With Meditation

This article deals with pain management with meditation. It will introduce you to the techniques and the practice of using meditation as a form of natural pain relief.

Pain Management With Meditation
Pain Management With Meditation

In medicine pain relates to a sensation that hurts. If you feel pain it hurts, you feel discomfort, distress and perhaps agony, depending on the severity of it.

Pain can be steady and constant, in which case it may be an ache. It might be a throbbing pain – a pulsating pain. The pain could have a pinching sensation, or a stabbing one.

Meditation Techniques For Pain Management

Meditation has countless usages and general health benefits, if you are interested in them,  please read my article:

10 Benefits From Meditation – Ready To Make a Change?

This is a very personal topic for me as for the last 5 years I have lived with the cancer and had to learn to deal with pain being part of my every day life.

Constant pulsing pain caused by my advanced cancer made me irritated and impatient. I have tried everything from opiates to cannabis oil.

The opiates, I have been offered Tradomal, take away the pain, but make me very sick and dizzy leaving me unable to drive or consume my favorite glass of red wine.

I also worry about the side effects such as dependency and all those harmful chemicals in my body!

The medicinal cannabis oil works in taking the edge of the pain, but does not help when I am really struggling. I also cannot carry it with me everywhere despite my prescription as it’s illegal in some countries.

Since I started to meditate daily, my life has turned around and I have learned the techniques to control my pain, so it no longer controls me and my actions.

I also use several Ayurvedic herbs and techniques to help me with pain management. You can read about my experiences here:

Are you also imprisoned by your pain?
Are you also imprisoned by your pain?

If you, just like me live with pain, join in my personal journey to learn to do pain management with meditation.

Living With Pain

There are many people in the world who like me live in constant pain. Living with daily pain is frustrating and causes a lot of mental problems such as irritability, anciently and depression.

The psychological effects caused by lack of pain relief can be so severe that they lead individuals into desperate actions, such as suicide and even murders in sudden violent bursts of anger.

Chronic Back Pain
Chronic Back Pain

Reasons can vary from back pain, migraines, old injuries, inherited conditions such as cystic fibrosis to auto immune diseases like multiple sclerosis and arthritis.

Besides chronic pain, there is also acute pain, which can be caused by an injury to nerves, muscles, bones or tendons, medical condition such as cancer or kidney infection and child birth.

Pain is also very individual and can be only truly explained by the person who is experiencing it. Every individual has a different pain threshold, or in other words tolerance for pain, which means that the same cause for pain can experienced in totally different way by two different individuals.

Western medicine spends millions of dollars in developing new medications to provide pain relief for the sufferers. However most of the times the stronger the numbing effect, more serious the side effects, such as drowsiness, vision and coordination problems.

Opiates have an affect on Central Nervous System
Opiates have an affect on Central Nervous System

The most effective pain medications are opiates, derivatives of the opium plant, most known being Morphine and it’s synthetic forms. It acts directly on the central nervous system (CNS) to decrease the feeling of pain. Opiates are also highly addictive and cause both physical and mental dependency.

So how can Meditation bring Pain Relief? There are several different ways the meditation can bring you relief from pain. I will introduce you to the these methods and provide my own guided meditations that you can use to help you along!

By Distracting Yourself From The Pain

Me in severe pain during my birthday dinner
Me in severe pain during my birthday dinner

This approach is a very good one, when the pain hits suddenly and without warning. You could be at work, shopping in town or having a fancy dinner somewhere. The pain can catch up with you anywhere and there is no escaping.

Depending on the situation there are several different techniques you can use. I will introduce you to 2 of them that I have personally found most effective:

  1. Quick Pain Meditation – Can be done anywhere and doesn’t require any preparation or special positions
  2. Daily Pain Meditation – Learn how to distance yourself from the pain and draw your concentration on other things.
  3. Mantra Meditation – Has  to be learned, but after wards can be done anywhere and doesn’t necessarily require any preparation or special positions

The two techniques above are best when used together. My article

Meditation For Chronic Pain Relief

will take you through both and you can listen to my personal guides meditation to learn the technique I was thought by my yoga master.

The third technique takes some time to master and I will be posting a video about it in  later on in my meditation series. Mantras are very powerful in clearing the mind and releasing the pain. They can be sited out loud or inside the head.

By Learning Deep Relaxation techniques

An other method, which will help you in fact feel less pain. You learn how to relax your body, paying special attention the parts that cause you pain.

My Deep Relaxation Meditation teaches you a technique that is especially good when you are failing to fall asleep from the pain or if you are suffering pain caused by tension and stress, such as lower back or neck pains.

In the long term, you will notice that your pain is not as sharp as it used to be and you can slowly start to combine the deep relaxation meditation with gentle exercise for maximum effect. Read about the benefits of Yoga in my article:

Starting Yoga Practice – Beginners Guide

By Practicing Breathing Techniques

Pranayamas, the ancient breathing techniques are very important part of both yoga and meditation! The correct way of breathing can bring you a lot of relief from the pain and certain methods can substantially reduce acute pain!

I will be posting my own videos into some of these powerful secrets later on in my yoga series, stay tuned!

My Guided Pain Meditation

These meditations are provided for learning purpose and they provide you the techniques to use for each 3 types of meditation I have mentioned in my article!

The idea is that you learn to use the method I teach you in order to relax yourself in the situations where the pain wave hits and you feel like drowning. You of course can still continue to use my guided meditation if you feel you benefit from it.

The Environment

In order to use either of my meditation below, you need to make yourself comfortable. I do not recommend doing this meditation in bed for the first time, but you can certainly use it later on in the evenings to help you fall asleep!

Some of my personal meditation aids
Some of my personal meditation aids

If you have a yoga or exercise mat, roll it on the floor. If not, you can also use a blanket to soften the floor. I often lay on my bare cork floor, it’s warm and comfortable.

You will need a light blanket, as your body temperature tends to drop as you enter a deeper stages of relaxation. You also want to dim the lights and if your intention is to fall asleep, you should meditate in dark.

Me meditating together with my dog
Me meditating together with my dog

Make sure there are no distractions, no kids, no phones and no TV. It helps to set the mood to use an incense, a scented candle, or a essential oil infuser.

Special word about pets. Often they are a distraction, but some people prefer to include their pets into the meditation. My dog is used to me meditation since he was a puppy and often joins me in my sessions.

Just make sure what ever you are using has a relaxing and calming effect. My top pick for pain meditation is the soothing Sandalwood essential oil quit smoking pills zyban.

It might also be relaxing to listen to some music, you hear me play it during my meditation, some beautiful blue whale songs.

However for some people it is distracting and they prefer to meditate in silence. You will learn your personal preference soon enough and can take action accordingly.

I have also provided mp3 files, which you can download if you want to store me meditation into your smart phone to listen to it for instance in the evening or after a yoga session.

The Guided Deep Relaxation Meditation  For Pain Management

For this relaxation we are going to use the yoga position Sawasana, also called a corpse pose, a position where the person lays on the yoga mat, back against the floor.

The feet are spread hip wide apart and arms are separated from the body, hands being placed about 10cm from the body. The position is demonstrated below.

Sawasana - the corpse pose
Sawasana – the corpse pose

You should cover yourself with the light blanket, leaving the feet and the fingers free for movement.

My meditation is taking you to the depths of the ocean, join me in my dive with the blue whales!

I hope you have enjoyed my guided meditation! I would love to hear from you and your experiences in living with pain and how mediation has changed things for you.

Please also take a look about my article about using Ayurveda to help your with pain management. I would also appreciate it greatly if you give me a follow on my new YouTube channel and leave me a comment about your favorite alternative pain management techniques!

I you want to learn more about the roots of meditation, you can read my article about Yoga Sutras.

Love and Peace,

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AromatherapyP.S. If you want to learn how to deepen your meditation experience, take a look at the Ayurveda aroma experience These essential oils have a subtle, yet extremely powerful influence on our mind and body.

 

16 thoughts on “Pain Management With Meditation”

  1. Hi Mira,

    Thank you for sharing your story. I have no idea of the pain that many people like yourself are dealing with every day, so your post was a real eye opener.

    In terms of the meditation, have you found that this type of pain relief has reduced the “level of pain” you feel every day? I’m curious as to whether the brain activity changes over time if you’re meditating daily, thereby reducing pain.

    1. Hi Gaylena, thank you for your comment! Most people who suffer from chronic pain, don’t really talk about it. I think this is due to living with constant pain somehow chancing you, making you stronger and you start to think complaining is a sign of weakness. Instead we mostly suffer in silence and find methods of coping.
      For me meditation techniques work on two level. Fist they help me to reduce acute pain, which sometimes hits so hard I feel like I can’t breathe! Secondly it has definately increased my pain threshold, I can much easier forget the dull and aching pains, meaning that I only feel the acute pain. That’s of course unless if I’m poorly, in which case I feel all of it.

  2. Hi Hanna. I loved your post. It makes perfect sense to use meditation for pain relief. I know from experience that when you relax it hurts less, but when you hurt its hard to relax. Using meditation to take your mind off the pain and relax is awesome.
    You are providing an awesome service for people in need. Thanks, Keith

    1. Hi Keith! Thank you very much for your lovely comment. You are right about it being difficult to relax when you are hurting. I am making more videos right now about that, how to relax when the pain its hard!

  3. Hi, Hanna!
    Your story speaks to my heart since i am dealing with cancer too!
    I strongly believe in meditation and i am willing to follow your instructions and learn how to manage pain! It’s also a good lesson for me since i am a clinical psychologist and i deal with people having panic attacks! Meditation will be very helpful in situations like these!
    Best wishes,
    Rebecca!

    1. Hi Rebecca! Thank you for leaving a lovely message 🙂
      I am so very sorry to hear about your cancer! I truly wish I can make a difference with sharing my story! It’s importang for people to know there are other, more natural methods to deal with cancer!

  4. Wow, your post brought me to tears. My pain is nothing in comparison but at the age of just 23, when I had my first two children and they were tiny, we were in a car accident. My kids suffered no long-term difficulties, though my daughter fractured her leg.

    Unfortunately, I fractured my vertebrae L4-L5. It was a compression fracture…it has forever altered my life. I am a believer in the power of positive thoughts and the power of the mind to transform the body but it has only carried me so far.

    I am no longer in constant pain, but if I do any strenuous lifting, I immediately suffer and it generally lasts a few days. I also use meditation for pain relief but haven’t dug as deep as I can clearly see you have.

    Thank you for sharing a piece of your soul with me and with the rest of the world. You are a lovely, vibrant, empowered woman and I am so pleased to have found you!

    Namaste,

    Joy

    1. Hi Joy! Sorry for late answer, did some private meditation coaching sessions today 🙂

      I am so sorry to hear about your vertebra! I know this place is very sensitive and can cause a lot of suffering. The muscles around the injury have to work overtime to compensate!

      I am going to suggest you try something called a child’s pose, it’s very simple and effective, it has many variations. I demonstrate it in the highlighted image on my post:

      Yes, soaking in hot water helps, I add juniper oil. There are great Ayurvedic remedies for pain too, I like Tumeric and Cayanne pepper, less known pain relievers, but effective. I add it in my freshy squeezed orange and grapefruit juice every morning!

      Love and light!

  5. Sweetheart! Why did you not let me know about the pain? Every time we meet, you ask about me and my worries, but never talk about your own!

    This has really opened my eyes, I need to take better care of you. Sending you a comforting hug.

    Love,
    Jules

    1. Talking of my pain to someone who cares about me just makes them worried, I don’t want that. I would rather spread happiness around. I only speak of it in order to help others! Thank you Jules, hugs back 🙂

  6. Also the picture is wonderful! It speaks so many words that you have left unspoken. Muffit is a truly wonderful dog, give him a kiss from me :-*

  7. Oh Hanna, I am so sorry to read this. You never really speak about the pain, I guess this just shows how strong you are. I listened to your meditation, I think I want to dive into the ocean and float around with the whales for ever! It is truly wonderful, thank you.

    1. Hi Diana!
      I am very happy you enjoyed the meditation, I really made it so others could benefit from it like I have done 🙂
      I don’t like to speak of unpleasant subjects like pain, just creates negativity I’m trying to avoid.

  8. This speaks to me loud Hanna, as someone who suffers from MS, I have learned to live with constant pain. Sometimes it hits me so hard I can barely breath.
    I will be listening your mediation tonight before bed!

    1. Hi Anja, nice of you to drop by and leave a message! I am sorry to hear about your MS, I am planning on making an other post with more pain management meditations in few days. Please drop by again soon!

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