From the Virtual Clinic you’ll see that our thoughts and feelings have a big impact on how we feel, and certainly affect our levels of pain.

Mindfulness meditation is a proven way of calming the nervous system, and in so doing reducing the threat that back pain poses and consequently actually reducing our pain.

I recommend you start with the 10 minute meditation which will teach you how to meditate mindfully, and then – once you’re comfortable with that – use the shorter meditations as and when you would like to.

There is the regular breathing space that we often use as a brief formal practice; then there is a coping breathing space to help you deal with difficulties and challenges – like pain – as you experience them; and an action breathing space which leads into doing something, building your mindfulness in advance.

Some of the world’s top performers – and happiest people – have regular meditation practices.  If it works for them, it could do wonders for you.  I have had a mindful practice for years so I recommend it based on evidence and personal experience.