Mindfulness-based stress reduction against chronic back pain

Mindfulness-based stress reduction against chronic back pain

MBSR and CBT help with chronic back pain
Back pain is a common disease. Many Germans suffer from chronic lower back pain and are looking for ways to successfully treat their condition. According to a study, the avoidance of stress and the use of therapies to relieve stress offer promising therapeutic approaches for back pain.

Are you one of those people with constant low back pain? If so, certain forms of stress therapy could help treat chronic back pain. Scientists from the Group Health Research Institute in Seattle recently found that participating in mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) or cognitive-behavioral therapy helps reduce our chronic lower back pain. The doctors published their study in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

The two treatment methods have great potential for back pain
Back pain plagues countless people worldwide. Doctors around the world have long been looking for ways to successfully reduce back pain. The US scientists have now found that certain therapies can help treat back pain. Mindfulness-based stress reduction and cognitive behavior therapy promise permanent and significant improvements in back pain, the doctors explain. At MBSR, attention is particularly focused on feelings, thoughts and sensations.

This form of treatment is often supported by yoga and meditation. Cognitive behavioral therapy informs those affected about pain and how its reaction affects our everyday life. Both of these treatments could be just the thing to fight lower back disorders, says Dr. Daniel Cherkin from the Group Health Research Institute.

Study examines effects of three treatments on back pain
With lower back disease, sufferers are placed in a situation where they become anxious, stressed, feel tired, or irritable. Unfortunately, many of these people have had poor experiences with our healthcare system and feel that they cannot really be helped, explains Dr. Cherkin. They often feel alone and have the feeling that their pain cannot be removed. For their study, the scientists examined 342 patients with unexplained chronic back pain. These were divided into three groups. The first group used standard measures to deal with the pain, the doctors explain. The second group used MBSR, the third group underwent cognitive behavior therapy. After six months, the researchers examined the subjects for significant improvements. In the MBSR group, 61 percent noticed such an improvement. For the CBT group, the figure was 58 percent, while only 44 percent of the patients in the group of standard measures noticed a significant improvement, the experts say. With a significant improvement, those affected were significantly less hampered by their back pain than before treatment, the doctors add.

Affected people have often lost confidence in our healthcare system
In addition, approximately 45 percent of the MBSR and behavioral therapy groups reported that their back pain was significantly less after completing treatment. Only 27 percent of the patients in the group who were treated with standard measures noticed such a significant improvement in back pain, the scientists explain. Unfortunately, there are also disadvantages to the alternative treatment methods. There is a low chance of adverse events or transient pain spikes. In the MBSR group, such negative effects occurred in about 30 percent of the cases. In the behavior therapy group, the value was still around ten percent, say the experts. (As)

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