Mindfulness has long been advised as a way to help adults combat the pain and stress of chronic illnesses, and now a recent study has found that children and teenagers with fibromyalgia may also benefit.
Researchers studied the effects of a two-month mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) training program for children and adolescents between 10 and 18 years old with fibromyalgia. The group was given questionnaires to complete before and after the program which covered levels of stress, quality of life, pain and anxiety. They discovered that the scores of the tests were significantly improved after the two-month period and the children who continued with MBSR for a year showed even more improvement.
The mindfulness-based stress reduction training is a program based on meditation, yoga, group support and patient education. Find out more about this study here.
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