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Our Favorite Apps to Help Learn Meditation for Chronic Pain

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Chronic Pain Can Be, Well, A Pain

Living with chronic pain or severe pain can be one of the most draining experiences in your life. I don’t know how many times I’ve read or heard of people saying “How can you be so spent, you don’t do anything?” The thing is, I may not be up and active at the level of “normies” every day but the things that are going on in my body would wear out a marathon runner.

Every muscle hurts. Some days I swear even my eyelashes hurt. That’s nothing, though. There are so many other people out there dealing with so much worse. (Much love and strength to any of you if you are reading this now. Know that you are awesome and we’ll get through this <3)

Although I feel as though I have been through the gambit of doctors, medications, and treatments I have found meditation for chronic pain and fibromyalgia to be one of the best things I have tried. It is also an effective coping mechanism for dealing with and reducing stress and anxiety. 

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Research Has Shown That Meditation for Chronic Pain Can Help

There has been a ton of research done on alternative methods of pain control and relaxation methods for chronic pain sufferers. I really haven’t had much success with a lot of them. The TENS unit was strange but utterly useless for me. It’s a solid concept but just didn’t help. I really want to try the cupping therapy just because it looks like you got attacked by a Kraken when you are done. (Yes, you read that right. I’m seriously that immature.)

Massage therapy is fantastic, and if you can afford it I highly recommend it as often as possible depending on your condition. However, one of the best methods I have found of escaping pain when even my meds aren’t working is meditation. It takes a little bit of practice but once you get the hang of it, it’s so worth the effort.

Ommm…..Wait a minute, that means I have to sit around forever!?! (See what I did there? :P)

No! That’s the thing. In today’s fast-paced world there’s even an app for enlightenment. I can’t quite promise Nirvana, but from my personal experience, it can be helpful as a “distraction” technique. I’ve found some great apps to help with meditation for chronic pain or at least ones that I like to use when I am having a bad day. They are easy to use and not too demanding. This makes them great for someone who just wants to relax and not get too involved in learning how to do something new.

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The Best Apps to Help Get Started with Meditation for Chronic Pain




Headspace – If you are a complete beginner to meditation then Headspace just may be the app for you. They do have a subscription fee. However, they offer a trial period to determine if the app is something that you will benefit from. The app breaks meditation up into 10-minute segments making it accessible and easy for anyone. It also offers a guided meditation approach which is nice for someone just starting out.




Calm – This is another app that offers a subscription service. However, Calm is more for mindfulness and relaxation. It is currently rated as the #1 app for mindfulness, meditation, and clarity. They offer two types of meditations through the app including guided meditations and sleep stories. The Calm website is pretty awesome too!



LotusMeditation Studio – This app offers a lower price option for guided meditations. Meditation Studio currently sells for a one time fee of $3.99 which opens up all content on the app with no subscription fee. This makes it a good option for those unable or not interested in going with a subscription service. There are tons of guided meditations available on the app which range from beginner to intermediate focus level. The website also offers a great FAQ for those just starting out on meditation.



LotusOmvana – This app is more or less your one-stop shop for meditation. It offers all levels and types of meditation that you could possibly want. I believe that it is my personal favorite. Meditation times range from 3 to 60 minutes which offers a wide variety of choices to match your personal style and goals. It is a paid service, but I personally find the cost to be worth the value due to the wide range of leaders and styles available through this app. The convenience level available here alone makes it very valuable.


LotusHappify – This isn’t exactly a “meditation app” but rather a really interesting approach to stress relief and relaxation. It uses several different techniques to help promote a more positive outlook and banish negativity from your life. I really think this one is interesting so while it isn’t really the same thing as the others, it’s still totally worth checking out! There’s a whole science behind it that you can read more about on their website. It’s really pretty cool.



LotusRelax Melodies Oriental Meditation – Finally, if you are looking for more of a D.I.Y. method or if you are just looking for something peaceful to relax to there is this app. I have been using this app for years and it remains one of my favorite “relaxing” apps. You can choose from a large variety of melodies or nature sounds, or mix them together to make your own aural scenes.


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14 thoughts on “Our Favorite Apps to Help Learn Meditation for Chronic Pain”

  1. I need to make time in my day for meditation. These apps make doing this easier. I think I would use Headspace since I would be a newbie to meditating, and the segments are broken up into 10-minute blocks.

  2. I have found the most helpful for me with my chronic back pain is mindfulness meditation. I know that not every technique will work for every person, but if you haven’t tried it I would definitely give it shot. Just make sure to start short and work your way up to 30 min or so.
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    1. Yes! I love mindfulness meditation. I have been doing it for several years now and found that it helps in so many areas of my life.

  3. I want to try more things like yoga and meditation this year – I know i love yoga to help me exercise and relax too! Love the sound of headspace and happify so will need to check out those apps x

    1. I love yoga, and need to get back into doing it more. I have heard that it is great for helping with pain as well. Both of those apps are great, I’m sure you would enjoy either. 🙂

  4. I have not tried any of these apps. I haven’t really used meditation as a calming/relaxation technique either. If I need to feel more relaxed or eliminate stress, I tend to turn to exercise. Sometimes I might read a book or do some type of arts and crafts activity.
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    1. Those are all great ideas for relaxation and stress relief! Everyone has to find what works for them! I definitely do a lot of crafts for that as well when I am able to! I need to start reading more since I have a bad habit of buying books and forgetting them LOL

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