Transforming Chronic Pain

By Frank Simons

The Meditation Center presents the video lecture series The Science of Mindfulness: A Research-Based Path to Well-Being from Great Courses, Lecture 14, “Transforming Chronic Pain,” Thursday, May 21, at 5:30pm at the Center, Callejón Blanco 4.

The Science of Mindfulness
Thu, May 21, 5:30pm
Meditation Center
Callejón Blanco 4
Free, donations accepted
415 111-0644

To the surprise of doctors and patients alike, a growing body of medical research indicates that a lot of chronic pain disorders, as well as a lot of other common medical problems, are not actually caused by injury or illness. Rather, they are the result of a complex interaction between the mind and body. It turns out that mindfulness practices can help resolve them. In this lecture you will learn about stress-related medical disorders. Topic headings are: Chronic Back Pain; Stress; Pain Is Not Imaginary; The Role of Mindfulness and Cognitive Restructuring. Questions to consider: 1. How in the past has medicine misunderstood chronic back pain and other stress-related pain syndromes?

2. What are psychophysiological disorders and how are they different from the conversion disorders that Sigmund Freud studied and treated?

Dr. Ronald D. Siegel is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School/Cambridge Health Alliance, where he has taught for more than 30 years, and an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Dr. Siegel is a longtime student of mindfulness practices, and serves on the board of directors and faculty of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy.

There will be a discussion period after the video.

Presentations of the Meditation Center are offered without charge. Donations are gratefully accepted.


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