Meditation as a Useful Chance for Chronic Pain Decrease
Stefano Coaccioli1, Giustino Varrassi1, Rosaria del Giorno2, Maria Caterina Pace3, Pasquale Sansone3, Daniela Angelucci2, Antonella Paladini4, Fiorenzo Moscatelli5, Antonietta messina6, Vincenzo Monda6, Giovanni Messina5,6, Marcellino Monda2,6* and Caterina Aurilio3
- *Corresponding Author:
- Marcellino Monda
Department of Experimental Medicine, Second University of Naples
via Costantinopoli, 16, I-80138 Napoli, Italy
E-mail: [email protected]
Received August 28, 2015; Accepted May 29, 2016; Published May 31, 2016
Citation: Coaccioli S, Varrassi G, Giorno RD, Pace MC, Sansone P, et al. (2016) Meditation as a Useful Chance for Chronic Pain Decrease. J Psychiatry 19: 369 doi:10.4172/2378-5756.1000369
Copyright: © 2016 Coaccioli S, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Study background: The aim of this study was the investigation the role of meditation in a cohort of Italy resident subjects coming from Thailand, following only complementary medicine.
Methods: The cohort of subjects has been examined (60 subjects) by the visual analogue scale (VAS) scale for pain measurement. The subjects have been divided in two groups: experts (>10 years) and Lower experts in meditation (<3 years). All the subjects were affected by chronic pain due to osteoarthritis of the knees and low back pain.
Results: 28 subjects with chronic pain reported a mean basal VAS of 5.1 ± 1.8. After 5 consecutive days of meditation, the expert in meditation reported a significant pain decreasing (p<0.01) (VAS 3.0 ± 0.5) compared to the basal evaluation, while the lower experts in meditation reported a not significant decreasing of pain.
Conclusions: Meditation is nowadays a practice that should be highly recommended within a nonpharmacological approach for chronic pain therapy. This study it is further evidence that meditation might be a valuable strategy for chronic pain patients.