Mindfulness interventions and pain management in a patient with encephalomyelitis

Cettina Allone, Francesco Corallo, Federica Scarlata, Caterina Formica, Emanuele Cartella, Viviana Lo Buono, Antonino Todaro, Anna Lisa Logiudice, Antonella Alagna, Placido Bramanti, Silvia Marino

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Abstract

Chronic pain is considered a common disabling disease, frequently related to a high comorbidity with anxiety and depression. Several psychological techniques have demonstrated to be effective in the treatment of chronic pain, in particular, mindfulness-based interventions (MBIs) seem to reduce pain acting on self-regulatory individual's ability. In addition, this approach could develop cognitive strategies to decrease impulsivity. We selected a case of a patient with encephalomyelitis and spastic tetraparesis to assess the application and effectiveness of MBIs to reduce pain perception, improve anxiety and depressive symptoms. Our treatment showed a reduction in pain perception, and an improvement in anxious and depressive symptoms. In conclusion, MBIs could be useful to relieve disorders related to pain in neurological patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)69-71
Number of pages3
JournalComplementary Therapies in Clinical Practice
Volume36
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2019

Keywords

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Encephalomyelitis
  • Mindfulness
  • Pain

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Complementary and alternative medicine

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