Today: Pain relief may be as simple as taking a breath

For what seems like the sixth time today, you’ve slammed your knee against your desk and it’s throbbing. Is it time for a pain pill? Try a breathing meditation instead.

A new study finds that easy-to-learn mindful meditation significantly reduces pain.

“We see really dramatic reductions in pain after the four-day intervention,” says Fadel Zeidan, assistant professor of neurobiology and anatomy at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, and an author of the study. “We seem to be surprised by the efficacy of the technique especially after a brief training.”

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