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Mind-body therapies can reduce pain and opioid use

By: Subramaniam Balachundhar, MD, MPH, FASA, Contributor, and Preeti Upadhyay, MBBS, MPH, Contributor Our ability to feel pain and react to it is both a boon and a curse, simultaneously. The International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) defines pain as “an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage or described in terms of such damage.” This means that pain is highly subjective, and it is informed by a…

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