This study was set up to test the effect of mindfulness training on pain tolerance, psychological well-being, physiological activity, and the acquisition of mindfulness skills.
Forty-two university students with no pain symptoms participated in a pilot study, assigned randomly to two groups. Participants in the mindfulness group were offered six one hour mindfulness sessions; the control participants were offered two one-hour Guided Visual Imagery sessions. Both groups were provided with practice CDs and encouraged to practice daily.
Pain tolerance significantly increased in the mindfulness group only.
The full study is available here
Study reference: Kingston J, Chadwick P, Meron D, Skinner TC., Pilot randomized control trial investigating the effect of mindfulness practice on pain tolerance, psychological well-being, and physiological activity , J Psychosom Res. 2007 Mar;62(3):297-300.
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