You may be holding the key to pain relief in your mind. Experts at the National Institutes of Health in Maryland declared that deep relaxation may relieve chronic pain as readily as drugs and surgery. Relaxation is a treatment to try first for lower-back pain, headaches, arthritis and other chronic pain. Relaxation is embraced by mainstream doctors in the Journal of the American Medical Association. People who meditate recognize the relaxation techniques...
Natural Healing Remedies, Prevention Health Book (p.115)
In fact yoga = meditation, because both work together in achieving the common goal of unity of mind, body and spirit.