Meditation and Relaxation for Neck Pain

By Dave Townsend

A new study published in the Journal of Pain showed that 8 weeks of meditation provided relief for patients with neck pain. This is great news for those of you with suffering from neck pain, back pain and other types of chronic pain that have a muscle tension component to it. As an experiment I have been trying mediation myself everyday for the past 3-4 weeks. I am a newbie to the world of mediation so I decided to try an app called Headspace to help get me pointed in the right direction.  

Wow, I can honestly say I am really surprised at how much a difference this has made in my overall sense of well being. This app, Headspace, is super easy, simple, and enjoyable because it takes away the barriers to mediation that many people have. It's presented in a way that is down to earth and accessible especially for those that are skeptical or have tried meditation before with little success.  

If you are struggling with pain, give it a try. It may help you gain more body awareness and allow for some muscle relaxation. The more you can relax your mind and your muscles the better your body will respond to physical therapy, stretching and exercise. If you give it a try, let me know how it goes. Shoot me an email at And if want to learn more about fixing your neck and back pain with physical therapy feel free to email me or give us call at 707-545-1419