Author: Flavia Wipplinger1, Niels Holthof1, Lukas Andereggen2, Richard D Urman3, Markus M Luedi4, Corina Bello5
1 Department of Anaesthesiology and Pain Medicine, Inselspital, Bern University Hospital, University of Bern, 3010, Freiburgstrasse Bern, Switzerland.
2 Department of Neurosurgery, Cantonal Hospital of Aarau, 5001, Aarau, Switzerland.
3 Department of Anaesthesiology, College of Medicine, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, 43210, USA.
4 Department of Anaesthesiology and Pain Medicine, Cantonal Hospital of St, 9007, GallenSt. Gallen, Switzerland.
5 Department of Anaesthesiology and Pain Medicine, Inselspital, Bern University Hospital, University of Bern, 3010, Freiburgstrasse Bern, Switzerland. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Conference/Journal: Curr Pain Headache Rep
Date published: 2023 Jun 7
Other: Special Notes: doi: 10.1007/s11916-023-01119-0. , Word Count: 151
Purpose of review:
We aim to present current understanding and evidence for meditation, mostly referring to mindfulness meditation, for the management of acute pain and potential opportunities of incorporating it into the acute pain service practice.
There is conflicting evidence concerning meditation as a remedy in acute pain. While some studies have found a bigger impact of meditation on the emotional response to a painful stimulus than on the reduction in actual pain intensities, functional Magnet Resonance Imaging has enabled the identification of various brain areas involved in meditation-induced pain relief. Potential benefits of meditation in acute pain treatment include changes in neurocognitive processes. Practice and Experience are necessary to induce pain modulation. In the treatment of acute pain, evidence is emerging only recently. Meditative techniques represent a promising approach for acute pain in various settings.
Keywords: Acute pain; Meditation; Mindfulness; Multimodal treatment.
PMID: 37285010 DOI: 10.1007/s11916-023-01119-0