First meta-analysis shows promise for yoga, meditation, mindfulness in concussion — ScienceDaily

“When I started doing research on concussions, people just started coming to me,” Acabchuk says. “Families at my daughter’s school, anytime somebody had a concussion, I would hear about it — I would hear these personal stories and all the struggles of people who had concussions and their symptoms just didn’t resolve.” So it was for the student athlete, who told Acabchuk that she would experience seizures when a smoke alarm went off in her dormitory. “All of these symptoms she would have to struggle with — really profound symptoms — are an invisible injury,” says Acabchuk, who earned her PhD in 2016 and is now a post-doctoral fellow with UConn’s Institute for Collaboration on Health, Intervention, and Policy, or InCHIP. “People think you

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On Stress, Yoga Meditation, and The Evolution Revolution

In the Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens wrote: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. It was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness…. It was the season of light, it was the season of darkness. It was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair” Yes, the period of which Dickens wrote is a lot like the present day. We are living through extraordinary times in a complicated world. In my 74 ½ years, I’ve never seen anything like it — from the virus to political strife to protests, stress is rampant. Stress may impact negatively virtually every system of our body, from the immune system leading to decreased resistance to virus

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Study Says Yoga & Meditation May Help Manage Chronic Pain

The study, published in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, found that a mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) course effectively helped participants with chronic pain. The course included detailed instruction in both mindfulness meditation and hatha yoga, over the course of an eight-week period. They also learned about increasing awareness of the self and the immediate moment. This study was conducted in a rural area where access to affordable care is a common problem, making relatively simple and low-cost mindfulness interventions ideal pain management aids. Researchers found that patients’ perceptions of their conditions shifted, with lower reported feelings of pain, depression, and disability following the course. “Chronic pain often goes hand-in-hand with depression,” explains Cynthia Marske, DO, an osteopathic physician and director of graduate medical education

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