Meditation is a bundled word that varies from person to person, but pretty much comes down to a process that involves relaxation and introspection. We have busy days, we are frequently tense, and we feel the tension aches in areas such as our shoulders, neck, and back but we still carry on throughout our day without stopping to give our muscles and mind a quick reboot. Whether you are interested in the ancient history of meditation that dates back to the 12th century or you just simple take a moment for some quiet time to close your eyes, studies have shown that taking a few minutes to take clear your mind and take some deep breaths can reduce stressors that are responsible for triggering increased hormone levels of cortisol, nor-epinephrine, and adrenaline. These hormones are great in a “survival” situation but not good for us when they are not put under control during a routine day of hustle and bustle. Bottom line, relaxing muscles, reducing a constricted circulatory system and reducing stress reactions through meditation type techniques help the body to unwind and the brain to better processing pain. For many, their pain is a complex situation and relaxation techniques may assist with their pain but should not be used as a replacement for the medical regimen recommended by their doctor, but rather as a supplemental action. So take the occasional 3-5 minutes throughout the day to breathe the new spring air or find a quiet spot to just close your eyes and clear your mind to help refresh your day and relax those uncomfortable aches.