Posted on March 08, 2022
Mindfulness is no longer considered a “soft skill,” but an essential part of overall health care. In the past year alone, we’ve seen a shift from doctors prescribing pills to treat ailments, to physicians prescribing outdoor play, trips to the museum, and mindfulness to treat everything from pain, loneliness, anxiety, and burnout. Researchers are looking into mindfulness-based therapies for PTSD, depression, and even as a therapy for chronic pain to undercut the opioid epidemic.
A recent study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) looked at just how popular complementary health care—the use of holistic or unconventional health and wellness practices—has become for Americans.
A team of researchers from the National Center for Health Statistics, the National Institutes of Health, and the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health examined the rise of the most popular complementary practices (yoga, meditation, and chiropractic care) in the US over a five-year period.
Of the three main types, yoga is the most popular, but meditation is identified as the fastest-growing trend, seeing a more than threefold leap in users. In 2012, 4.1% reported using meditation, and in 2017, that increased to 14.2%.
Yoga rose from 9.5% in 2012 to 14.3% in 2017. The use of chiropractors increased only slightly, from 9.3% in 2012 to 10.9%.
Why is Meditation So Popular?
Mindfulness as a field of research is growing, and preliminary studies are beginning to show the benefits for the brain, body, and our relationships. Here are a few reasons why people have started—and are sticking to—mindfulness practice.
Original article: https://www.mindful.org/meditation-is-the-fastest-growing-health-trend-in-america/
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