The benefits of meditation for arthritis pain

Living with rheumatoid arthritis is never easy. The good news is there’s no shortage of treatment options. While disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) can help with symptoms, they aren't the only way to manage chronic pain. Read on to learn about the many benefits of mindful meditation and find out why it’s increasingly being used as a way to deal with the pain and stress of arthritis.

What is meditation?

Meditation is an approach to training the mind, much in the way that fitness is an approach to training the body. It's often used to support relaxation, reduce depression, and enhance overall health and well-being.1

Considered one of the most effective forms of meditation for arthritis, mindfulness meditation encourages focusing entirely on the present moment. It is thought that doing so helps break unhealthy thinking patterns about pain as they arise. For example, it's been suggested if you experience an instance of back pain, you acknowledge it, accept it and release it, rather than negatively labelling it.1

What are the benefits of meditation for arthritis pain?

From reducing pain intensity to reducing pain-related activity in the brain, various studies demonstrate that meditation can help people living with chronic pain. Additionally, a 2017 analysis of 38 randomized controlled trials found that mindfulness meditation improves not only pain but depression symptoms and quality of life as well. 2

How to get started with mindful meditation

Getting comfortable with meditation requires time, patience and plenty of practice. Here are a few tips to keep in mind. 3
 

  1. Start small. A few 5- or 10-minute sessions a day is a great place to begin.
  2. Do it daily. Aim to practice every day. If that's not realistic, try for every other day.
  3. Quiet your mind. Whether it's deep breathing or repeating a simple mantra, practice keeping your thoughts focused on the activity at hand.
  4. Find what works. You're more likely to stick to regular meditation if it feels comfortable to you. Explore different forms and see what works for you.


Remember, nothing can completely take away arthritis pain or symptoms, but regular meditation can help you learn to cope with them more effectively.

What about omega-3s for arthritis pain?

Meditation isn’t the only non-prescription arthritis pain management option out there. Recent studies have also found that getting an effective dosage of omega 3 for arthritis can reduce inflammation and joint pain. 4 If you decide to take an omega-3 fatty acid supplement, talk to your health care provider to determine the right dose for your situation.

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1.https://arthritis.org/health-wellness/treatment/complementary-therapies/natural-therapies/meditation-benefits-for-people-with-arthritis
2.https://arthritis.org/health-wellness/treatment/complementary-therapies/natural-therapies/meditation-benefits-for-people-with-arthritis
3. https://arthritis.org/health-wellness/treatment/complementary-therapies/natural-therapies/how-to-meditate-for-arthritis
4. http://blog.arthritis.org/living-with-arthritis/omega-3-fatty-acids-arthritis/