A study published in Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, 2007 in which a group of fibromyalgia sufferers were given an 8-week training in mindfulness meditation and then studied to see how their pain, anxiety, depression, coping, and other general measures of Quality of Life compared with those of patients who did not receive the training.
The patients who received the mindfulness intervention were found to have significantly better scores across the board compared with the control group. Even more impressive – in a follow up evaluation 3 years later, the comparative improvement was still present. It appears that even a short exposure to meditative techniques can have long term impact on clinical measures of pain and Quality of Life.
The health benefits of meditation are becoming clearly established as continued scientific research is conducted.