Cynthia Campos-Moreno ¹ , Manuel González-Díez ¹ , Clara Isabel Murillo-Hermosilla ¹ , Cristina Perea-García ¹ , Amanda Sánchez-Arés ¹
1 Estudiante del Máster en Neurociencias Básicas Aplicadas y Dolor de la Universidad de Granada (UGR)
Beatriz Pérez-Cortés ² , Amy McCullough ² , Beatriz Moreno-Cuadrado ² , Lourdes Ureña-Pérez ² , Marta Giménez-Polo ² , Ígor Iribar-Revuelta ²
2 Student of the BA in Translation and Interpreting at the University of Granada (UGR)
This review aims to gather the most relevant data regarding mindfulness and its effectiveness towards chronic pain treatment. In order to do so, we carried out a bibliographical study on the areas of the brain which are activated by chronic pain and the influence of mindfulness on these areas. In addition to this, we studied the effectiveness of mindfulness by itself and, in comparison with other non-pharmacological therapies, its effects on patients depending on their age. Despite the apparent contradictions in its action mechanisms, mindfulness seems to be as effective as other non-pharmacological therapies when used as an adjuvant therapy, regardless of the age group. Thus, it could be useful for preventing abuse or reducing dependence on analgesics.
Keywords: chronic pain, mindfulness, neuroimaging, pain management, alternative therapies, pediatric pain, geriatric pain.
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