Meditation & Wellness

Meditation & Wellness

Meditation & Wellness

Meditation & Wellness

What is Meditation

In Toronto, meditation is a mind and body practice that promotes calmness and relaxation, improving the patient’s wellness by enhancing their psychological balance.

It focuses on the connection between the brain, mind, body, and behavior and helps bring the patient’s attention inward, thereby calming the mind. Although there are many different forms of meditation, they all have a number of similarities. For example, all forms of meditation require that the patient focuses their attention, sits or lies in a comfortable position in a quiet location, and has an open attitude. In most cases, meditation involves a combination of different movements, sounds, breathing techniques, postures, and visualizations.

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What are the benefits of meditation?

One of the main advantages of meditation is its ability to reduce stress, however, it is also commonly accepted as a treatment for anxiety, high blood pressure, chronic pain, and a variety of other conditions. Studies indicate that meditation actually alters the areas of the brain that are responsible for memory, learning, and emotion in a way which improves the immune, nervous, and endocrine systems, contributing to the patient’s overall health.

The following are recognized as benefits of meditation:

Improved focus: Since meditation is designed to focus your attention, regular practice can improve your focus even when you are not meditating.

Reduced anxiety: Meditation loosens neural pathway connections, which helps to reduce anxiety. The medial prefrontal cortex is responsible for bodily sensation and fear; when this connection is weakened; the area of our brain responsible for reasoning is strengthened, which means that people who practice meditation regularly are able to look at situations rationally without becoming anxious.

Less stress: One of the greatest benefits of meditation is its ability to reduce stress. By focusing your attention on the present moment, mindful meditation helps to decrease stress even in high-pressure situations.

Improved memory: Meditation has also been connected to an improvement in memory recall. People who regularly practice mindful meditation are less distracted and more productive. As a result, they are able to quickly remember and recall new information.

More gray matter: Meditation results in higher levels of gray matter in the hippocampus and frontal area of the brain, which leads to improved emotional stability, focus, and positive emotions. In addition, Toronto meditation can counter-act the reduction of gray matter and decline of cognitive function, which happens as we age.

More compassion: Individuals who regularly meditate are also more likely to exhibit positive traits such as empathy and compassion. This is because of the impact meditation has on the amygdala, the portion of the brain which processes emotional stimuli. Studies also indicate that the temporal parietal junctures is affected by regular meditation, which means that meditation can result in greater empathy.

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What conditions/symptoms can meditation treat?

Research suggests that meditation can treat a wide range of conditions and symptoms. As a result, it not only helps people achieve a sense of peace and tranquility, but also alleviates pain and suffering.

Meditation can be used to help treat the following:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Hot flashes
  • Insomnia
  • Chronic pain
  • Psoriasis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Some psychiatric disorders
  • Cognitive function
  • High blood pressure
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Smoking cessation

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How do meditation techniques help patients with chronic pain?

One of the greatest benefits of meditation is its ability to help patients dealing with chronic pain.

Categorized as pain, which persists for three or more months, chronic pain can be incredibly frustrating and debilitating for affected individuals, as it often limits their mobility and ability to work or participate in the sports and leisure activities they enjoy the most. Many patients suffering from chronic pain feel a sense of hopelessness, as they have tried a variety of treatment options and medications to no avail. Others are reluctant to rely on opiate-based therapy and are searching for an alternative, natural solution. Meditation is an effective treatment option for chronic pain sufferers, as it is fast acting and incredibly natural.

Meditation alters four areas of the brain: the frontal lobe, the parietal lobe, the thalamus, and the reticular formation. In doing so, it is believed to reduce stress and pain intensity, while also minimizing the anxiety related to pain, which can have a tremendous impact on the patient’s happiness and wellbeing. When patients learn to react to pain through meditation, they are better able to control their emotional reaction to discomfort, which gives them a sense of control over their pain.

At Painless Medicine and Therapeutics, we understand the impact that chronic pain can have on a patient’s life, which is why we’ve dedicated our practice to alleviating our patients’ discomfort in order to improve their quality of life. Although medication has an important role in healthcare, we believe in taking a holistic approach to healing and therefore offer a wide variety of treatment options such as meditation. To learn more and to determine whether meditation may be a suitable treatment option for you, we invite you to contact our clinic today to schedule a consultation with a member of our team.

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Go Painless

Our team at Painless Medicine and Therapeutics focuses on improving our patient’s pain conditions.

Our goal and philosophy is to make the patient’s therapeutic experience as painless as possible by finding a therapeutic plan that best treats their symptoms and lifestyle. We truly believe in collaboration and working closely with patients so that they have control over their medication, and so that the treatment aligns with our clinic’s values.

In cases where chronic pain cannot be cured, but instead must be effectively managed, our team’s purpose is to limit the complications and to minimize the severity of the symptoms experienced by the patient. We wish to optimize our patients’ control over their pain so they feel enabled to be the best possible version of themselves and enjoy life again.

If you are suffering from a chronic pain condition, we highly suggest that you visit our clinic in Toronto to see what we can do for you.