The Somatic Connection  |   July 2016
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Improves Outcomes in Adults With Chronic Low Back Pain
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  • Western University of Health Science College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific-Northwest, Lebanon, Oregon 
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The Somatic Connection   |   July 2016
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Improves Outcomes in Adults With Chronic Low Back Pain
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, July 2016, Vol. 116, 485-486. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2016.094
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, July 2016, Vol. 116, 485-486. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2016.094
Cherkin DC, Sherman KJ, Balderson BH, et al. Effect of mindfulness-based stress reduction vs cognitive behavioral therapy or usual care on back pain and functional limitations in adults with chronic low back pain: a randomized clinical trial. JAMA. 2016;315(12):1240-1249. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.2323. 
Low back pain (LBP) is a clinically significant problem in the United States. As the leading cause of disability,1 the social and economic impact of LBP is staggering. Standard treatments rarely address the underlying cause of pain and have done little to slow this growing problem.2,3 Manual manipulation addresses structural dysfunction and is a recommended treatment for patients with LBP.4 However, psychosocial factors also play an important role in pain. Researchers from the Group Health Research Institute in Seattle, Washington, recently studied the effectiveness of mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR), a therapy that aims to increase one’s “awareness and acceptance of moment-to-moment experiences,” in managing chronic LBP. In this study, MBSR was compared with cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and usual patient care to assess whether MBSR is superior for improving pain and functional limitation. 
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