Healing Back Pain: The Mind-Body Connection

Healing Back Pain: The Mind-Body Connection by John E. Sarno MD 0446392308 9780446392303
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Healing Back Pain promises permanent elimination of back pain without drugs, surgery, or exercise. It should have been titled Understanding TMS Pain, because it discusses one particular cause of back pain--Tension Myositis Syndrome (TMS)--and isnt really a program for self-treatment, with only five pages of action plan (and many more pages telling why conventional methods dont work). According to John E. Sarno, M.D., TMS is the major cause of pain in the back, neck, shoulders, buttocks, and limbs--and it is caused not by structural abnormalities but by the minds effort to repress emotions. Hes not saying that your pain is all in your head; rather, hes saying that the battle going on in your mind results in a real physical disorder that may affect muscles, nerves, tendons, or ligaments. An injury may have triggered the disorder, but is not the cause of the amount or intensity of the resulting pain. According to Sarno, the mind tricks you into not facing repressed emotion by making you focus on pain in the body. When this realization sinks in (and it must sink in, for mere intellectual appreciation of the process is not enough), the trick doesnt work any more, and theres no need for the pain. (Healing Back Pain should not be used for self-diagnosis. Always consult a physician for chronic or acute back pain.) --Joan Price

Author: John E. Sarno MD

Language: English

Edition: First

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 193

Publisher: Warner Books

Publication Date: 1991-02-01


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