Meditation Therapy for Rheumatoid Arthritis
By guest author, Tammy Mahan
Rheumatoid arthritis is a painful and chronic autoimmune disorder which causes the smaller joints specifically in the hands and feet to become inflamed. Meditation therapy for relief from rheumatoid arthritis is not as new of a treatment as one might think.
Meditation therapy has been used successfully on numerous diseases and disorders including the prevention of heart attacks, strokes and in some cases turning precancerous cells into non-cancerous ones.
Meditation therapy is also used to help people recovering from heart attacks, surgery, childbirth, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, anxiety, depression, and numerous other things. An autoimmune disorder such as rheumatoid arthritis is no exception to this type of treatment.
However, before you can begin you must know how to meditate. It may seem like a complicated task but in fact, it is one of the easiest things you can do. When you first start to meditate you may need the assistance of a qualified meditation expert or a guided recording to help you reach a meditative state. One thing and the most important thing you need to know if you are new to meditation is that it is not hypnosis. Many people often confuse hypnosis and meditation or believe that they are one in the same. I assure you they are not the same.
What is Meditation and how do I do it?
Meditation is clearing all the chatter in your mind. It is best to sit in a comfortable chair (while lying down most people are so calm and relaxed during mediation they tend to doze off or fall asleep.) If you have trouble meditating try a guided meditation such as the ReAwakening Guided Meditations.
Some people find that playing a soft instrumental style of music is helpful as is playing a sound machine or tape that has the sound of waves crashing on the shore, birds in a forest, rain, and even a thunderstorm is relaxing to some. The idea is to focus on the sound that you are hearing this will help in quieting the chatter in your head. Once your mind is “empty” you can begin focusing on the RA and visualizing it’s healing. This will take practice. Very few people can easily and quickly enter a state of meditation. You must be patient and practice because the results are well worth the effort.
Meditation and RA Studies Show Successful Treatment
Researchers with the University Of Maryland School Of Medicine set out to assess the effect of this meditation therapy on depressive symptoms, psychological distress, general well-being, and disease activity among RA patients. Featured in the journal Arthritis Care & Research, their study supports the potential benefits of prescribing a course in MBSR along with the conventional course of physical and pharmacological therapy.”
The results of the study was found on sciencedaily.com. The study demonstrated that for patients with RA under routine medical supervision, an 8-week MBSR class plus a 4-month maintenance program had beneficial effects, and that it was safe and appealing to participants. Investigator Elizabeth Pradhan, PhD notes, “For doctors wishing to offer patients a complement to medical management, mindfulness meditation may offer hope for improving psychological distress and strengthening well-being in patients with RA.”
Have you ever used meditation therapy to deal with a chronic condition or to heal from an ailment? What type of meditation did you use? What were your results? Share with us in the comment section.
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Tammy Mahan has worked in the healthcare field for over 20 years. She enjoys writing and often contributes articles to Healthline.com.
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