You can book with Gillian to try Mindfulness practices to support your healing process and as part of a physiotherapy treatment approach.
How can this help pain and recovery from injury?
A growing number of studies indicate that mindfulness practices can reduce the impact of pain in our daily life AND decrease the intensity of pain itself.
Mindfulness tools can help us to cope with stress or pain. It may even help reduce reliance on medication or other forms of pain treatment that have adverse side effects. In the process you may find a sense of well-being and contentment that is beyond just ‘coping’.
If you are interested in some of the research on mindfulness and pain, check out this TEDx talk: 'A different approach to Pain Management: Mindfulness Meditation' by Fadel Zeidan. Zeidan found that 4 sessions of 20 minutes meditation caused a reduction in pain experience in during his research in 2011.
Traditional ‘sitting meditation’ is only one way mindfulness can be practiced. Some of us may not like sitting still. The exciting thing is, we don’t have to ‘do' the practice this way.
Formal practices include (but are not limited to) walking meditation, body scan and mindful movement. These formal practices can help build ‘informal’ practices into our everyday life such being aware of the senses when performing (seemingly) mundane tasks or being aware of our emotions during a conversation. The quality of attention is kind and non-judgmental. There may be an intention to come back to the moment by being aware of touch or sound. Whatever the method - we can bring new perspective and regain a sense of control amidst pain or distress.
When we experience prolonged pain one of our coping mechanisms can be to distract away from the body and leave the present moment as it is uncomfortable to be there. In the long term this has been shown to cause pain to persist and even to spread to other regions of the body. Mindfulness strategies, especially when integrated into daily life, can offer clinically proven ways to overcome pain and regain the fullness of our lives.
The following article talks about a study of over 2000 people, showing how 47% of the time people are not present - i.e. our minds are thinking about the past or the future rather than attending to the moment right here. It also showed that when we are present we are happier, even if the 'thing' we are doing is not necessarily pleasant or desirable!.
A wandering mind is not a happy mind (Killingsworth and Gilbert).