Utah State University Extension
Chronic pain often occurs even after healing in the injury site because of changes in the way the brain perceives pain. Mindfulness is a simple mental activity, proven to reduce pain and the need for pain medication. Mindfulness increases the ability to mentally regulate pain, emotion, and behavior, alters the way the brain processes rewards, and restores positive feelings. Mindfulness can be learned in a class or at home and is an accessible alternative for managing pain.
Voss, Maren Wright; Atisme, Kandice; Yaugher, Ashley; and Sulzer, Sandra H., "Mindfulness for Chronic Pain Management" (2019). All Current Publications. Paper 2000.