Chronic pain affects an estimated 14 million people in the UK and is the most common reason for seeking medical help. There's increasing evidence that mindful practices can have a beneficial effect on pain (sometimes reducing intensity by as much as 40%) and its associated anxiety and depression. This book combines the principles of mindfulness with research from the clinical field of psychology to help you improve your emotional, psychological and physical state. With guided meditations and other practices. Topics include: Defining pain How we feel and perceive pain How a mindful approach can help Why stress makes it worse Mindful body movement The importance of breathing and posture Taking responsibility for your pain
Dr Cheryl Rezek is a consultant clinical psychologist and mindfulness teacher who has worked in the field of health and mental health in both clinical and academic settings. She has published author three books - Life Happens (Leachcroft), Brilliant Mindfulness (Pearson) and Mindfulness for Carers (Jessica Kingsley Publishers) as well as an App entitled iMindfulness-on-the-go.