Meditation programs teach how to battle pain with brain power
Avis Favaro and Elizabeth St. Philip, CTV News: Doctors in Ontario are taking a new approach in the battle against chronic pain, ditching the prescription pad and teaching sufferers how to harness the healing power of the mind.
St. Michael’s Hospital pain specialist Dr. Jackie Gardner-Nix developed the program targeting pain with mindfulness and meditative techniques. The classes are facilitated at St. Michael’s Hospital and Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto.
“I do nothing but teach chronic pain patients meditation and mindfulness,” she said. “I am so impressed with it.”
The classes, which typically run for nearly three hours, teach participants practical meditation skills…