Easing low back pain by treating the mind

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To relieve pain in the back, it might be better to go through the mind. (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.
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