Mindfulness Exercise for Chronic Pain
by Ronald D. Siegel

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In this informative excerpt, Ron Siegel demonstrates his integrative approach by helping Lorraine, a middle-aged woman with chronic back pain, get in touch with her present-moment experience of fear, which exacerbates her condition.
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Research has shown that aversion to pain is a major component of chronic pain and that many of us do not notice that aversion response. Watch mindfulness expert Ron Siegel use simple exercises to help distinguish between moment-to-moment pain sensations and the aversion response to them in this session with Lorraine, a 60-year-old woman struggling with chronic pain. He starts with a general mindfulness practice and then shifts to helping her experience how focusing on the pain amplifies it.

This short video demonstrates mindfulness techniques that you can use to help your clients with chronic pain be more willing and able to engage in activities that they enjoy, need to do, or are necessary for rehabilitation. You’ll discover techniques for decreasing the aversion response which, in turn, decreases the discomfort that comes with pain.

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Length of video: 0:20:29

English subtitles available

Group ISBN-10 #: 1-60124-571-8

Group ISBN-13 #: 978-1-60124-571-7

Ronald D. Siegel, PsyD, is assistant professor of psychology at Harvard Medical School, where he has taught for over 30 years. He is a long-time student of mindfulness meditation and serves on the board of directors and faculty of The Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy.

He is the coauthor of Back Sense: A Revolutionary Approach to Halting the Cycle of Chronic Back Pain, which integrates Western and Eastern approaches for treating chronic back pain, coeditor of the acclaimed books for professionals, Mindfulness and Psychotherapy and Wisdom and Compassion in Psychotherapy: Deepening Mindfulness in Clinical Practice, and coauthor of the new professional text, Sitting Together: Essential Skills for Mindfulness-based Psychotherapy.

Siegel lives with his wife in Lincoln. He regularly uses the practices in this book to work with his own busy, unruly mind.
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