10 November 2022
How flexibility and mindfulness can protect against physical pain and slow recovery

Gone with the wind

Acute pain is an important protective mechanism in our bodies. It is a signal that alerts us to (potential) damage or illness. However, when acute pain turns into chronic pain, this useful function is lost and the pain actually only has adverse effects. Every day, more than 2 million people in the Netherlands struggle with chronic pain. Can anything be done about this? That is what PhD candidate Astrid Meesters researched at Maastricht University. She received her doctorate on Sept. 28 with her research on flexibility and mindfulness as resilience factors for pain and recovery.