CHICAGO, Ill. (WPVI) --To relieve pain in the lower back, it might be better to go through the mind.
A study with 300 adults showed that those using mindfulness meditation or cognitive behavioral therapy - a form of psychotherapy - had more improvement in pain and function, than those using conventional means, including medications and chiropractors.
And the relief lasted up to a year.
Although there have been past studies showing cognitive therapy helped back pain, mindfulness meditation hadn't been studied before.
The meditation programmed lasted 8 weeks.
The study was reported in this week's edition of the Journal of the American Medical Association.