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Pain glossary

Meditation: A mind-body practice in which a person focuses his or her attention on something, such as an object, word, phrase or breathing, to minimize distracting or stressful thoughts or feelings. Meditation may be used to help relieve stress, pain, anxiety, and depression and to help with symptoms related to disease. It is part of CAM.

Mind-body interventions: Techniques designed to enhance the mind’s capacity to affect bodily function and symptoms. Mind-body practices combine mental focus, controlled breathing and body movements to help relax the body and mind. It may be used to help control pain, stress, anxiety and depression, and for overall health. Examples of mind-body modalities include meditation, hypnosis, guided imagery, yoga and tai chi. Mind-body interventions are part of CAM.

Mucositis: A complication of some cancer therapies in which the lining of the digestive system becomes inflamed. Mucositis is often seen as sores in the mouth (oral mucositis).

Musculoskeletal pain: Pain that affects muscles, bones, tendons, ligaments and joints.