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Chronic pain? Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

  1. Taking an aspirin every now and then when you have a headache probably won't do much harm. However, if you are in constant pain (such as rheumatism), taking pain counters daily is often no longer an option. In that case, you may benefit more from learning a mental technique called Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). This therapy teaches your mind to deal with pain. This therapy is often also eligible for reimbursement by health insurers.


  1. Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction can help with chronic pain Mindfulness Why does Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction work What does this training consist of All meetings follow Aftercare Cost Free introductory course

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction can help with chronic pain

  1. Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction can roughly be translated as stress reduction through attention training. It was developed in 1979 at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, USA, by medical scientist Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn. This training was then transferred from the United States to Europe, where it was also offered in various hospitals and health centers in the Netherlands.


  1. MBSR is all about mindfulness. Mindfulness means being present with attention in the here and now, without judging it. The concept of Mindfulness is not new. It comes from Buddhism, and it literally means “to remember”. However, it is used in Buddhism to refer to the presence of mind, being aware of the present rather than remembering the past. Mindfulness training is centuries old in the regions where Buddhism originated.

Why does Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction work

  1. During this training / therapy you train your mind to learn to deal with pain. People tend to reject or suppress unpleasant thoughts and feelings such as pain. Mindfulness teaches you to accept pain more, so that you can deal with it better. This may sound a bit floaty, but it isn't. It has a scientific basis, and people seem to benefit from it. It's definitely worth a try if you're in pain every day.

What does this training consist of

  1. You can follow the training with a certified mindfulness trainer or at the Radboud University Medical Center for Mindfulness.

All meetings will follow

  1. It is important to follow all meetings because each meeting deals with a different part of mindfulness. During the meetings you first practice under supervision in the group, so that you can do it yourself at home in the right way.


  1. If you have attended all the meetings and done your homework diligently, you should be able to cope with your pain a lot better. An important part of the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction therapy is aftercare. After the meetings there is the possibility to participate in return meetings, where you can practice the learned techniques together with the trainer and the other participants, as well as exchange experiences.


  1. Some health insurers will reimburse this therapy if you have a referral from a doctor. It makes sense to check this with your health insurer in advance. You can also ask your employer to bear part of the costs.

Free introductory course

  1. If you cannot manage financially or live too far from a center that provides these training courses, you can - provided you speak the English language - participate in a free online course. You can also take a free introductory course here to see if this course is right for you.

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