Can mindfulness help manage pain?

Relaxation, meditation, imagery, and redirection strategies (such as distraction) might help reduce your pain. These mind-body techniques can help you consciously relax your body, slow your breathing, reduce your blood pressure, and improve your sense of well-being. Redirection methods such as distraction help you find something to focus on other than your pain. Engaging in your favorite hobby, watching a movie, playing a game, or conversing with friends can distract you away from pain, which can help you refocus on things you enjoy. Cutting-edge techniques such as virtual reality and video games also show promise as redirection methods for decreasing pain.