Got a dodgy, painful back? Knee? Recent research suggests picking up a book and heading off to your book group can help.
When people in chronic pain read and then went to a book club, it reduced their pain.
Reading works because you concentrate on the book, not your pain.
Sharing what you read builds a strong shared sense of community and connection which will improve your mood and views about the quality of your life.
A 2014 UK study, An Evaluation of a Literature-Based Intervention for People with Chronic Pain, was conducted in partnership with researchers from CRILS, Health Sciences at University of Liverpool, The Royal Broadgreen NHS Hospital Trust and The Reader.
The study investigated whether shared reading as a literature-based intervention was beneficial for people with chronic pain when delivered in a clinical setting.
People living with complex and chronic pain benefited from absorbed concentration, a sense of shared community, comradeship and friendship, improved mood and quality of life. Shared reading was found to alleviate some features of the condition with minimum risk of side effects.