Loving-Kindness Meditation for Chronic Low Back Pain
Results From a Pilot Trial
Purpose: Loving-kindness meditation has been used for centuries in the Buddhist tradition to develop love and transform anger into compassion.
This pilot study tested an 8-week loving-kindness program for chronic low back pain patients.
Method: Patients (N = 43) were randomly assigned to the intervention or standard care. Standardized measures assessed patients’ pain, anger, and psychological distress.
Findings: Post and follow-up analyses showed significant improvements in pain and psychological distress in the loving-kindness group, but no changes in the usual care group. Multilevel analyses of daily data showed that more loving-kindness practice on a given day was related to lower pain that day and lower anger the next day.
Conclusions: Preliminary results suggest that the loving-kindness program can be beneficial in reducing pain, anger, and psychological distress in patients with persistent low back pain.
Implications: Clinicians may find loving-kindness meditation helpful in the treatment of patients with persistent pain.
Keywords: meditation; chronic low back pain; pain; anger; psychological distress
JOURNAL OF HOLISTIC NURSING, Vol. 23 No. 3, September 2005 287-304
© 2005 American Holistic Nurses’ Association
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