Several important reported studies, especially those of Dr Jon Kabat-Zinn, have shown that Mindfulness Meditation can greatly assist in cultivating (I love that word, for all meditation practice is mental cultivation) a state of “detached observation” during the perception of pain.
For those who are interested, the following scholarly articles are worth reading:
MINDFULNESS MEDITATION CAN REDUCE THE SENSATION OF PAIN
IRISH STUDY SUPPORTS THE USE OF MINDFULNESS FOR CHRONIC PAIN
MINDFUL STRETCHING FOR NECK AND SHOULDER PAIN AND ASSOCIATED HEADACHES
NEW STUDY FINDS MINDFULNESS EASES EMOTIONAL PAIN BY 44 PER CENT