A comprehensive and readable summary of meditation as a component of effective interdisciplinary pain therapy appears in the current issue of The Atlantic. Clinicians may find this a useful reference tool to introduce and explain the application of meditation to their patients in the course of teaching pain coping skills.
The article points out that studies of meditation for pain have focused on two questions: “Does it help?” and “How does it work?”. Research that addresses the former in the affirmative is cited; current theories pertaining to the second are also discussed. A case study of failed spinal surgery, and subsequent improvements realized through incorporation of meditation into the treatment routine are interwoven with observations from a specializing psychologist to better explain how meditation for pain management can supplant medications alone. The complete article is available to read or refer to patients here.