PainRelief.com Interview with:
Cynthia Marske DO
Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center
PainRelief.com: What is the background for this study?
Response: The background for this study is to explore if there are ways to retrain the brain of those suffering from conditions of chronic pain, with associated anxiety and depression. Since those conditions are common now, have lead to an opioid crisis of misuse and abuse, and treatment for these conditions are often limited.
PainRelief.com: What are the main findings?
Response: The main findings are that self healing is possible, we are often misinformed that the brain and body cannot self heal but we all have the inherent ability to heal ourselves if we believe. One modality of self healing is called mindfulness based stress reduction. First started by Dr John Khabat Zinn in the 1980s at the Massachusetts Hospital. This is a combination of practice of mindfulness, meditation and yoga.