Healing Back Pain: The Mind-Body Connection

Healing Back Pain: The Mind-Body Connection

John E. Sarno

Language: English

Pages: 240

ISBN: 0446557684

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Dr. John E. Sarno is a medical pioneer whose program has helped thousands of thousands of people overcome their back conditions--without or drugs or dangerous surgery. Now, using his grounbreaking research into TMS (Tension Mytostis Syndrome), Dr. Sarno goes one step further: after identifyig stress and other psychological factors in back pain, he demonstrates how many of his patiens have gone on to heal themselves without exercise or other physical therapy. Find out:

  • Why self-motivated and successful people are prone to TMS
  • How anxiety and repressed anger trigger muscle spasms
  • How people "train themselves' to experience back pain
  • How you may get relief from back pain within two to six weeks by recognizing TMS and its causes

With case histories and the results of in-depth mind-body research, Dr. Sarno describes how patients recognize the emotional roots of their TMS and sever the connections between mental and physical pain... and how, just by reading this book, you may start recovering from back pain today.

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been considerable. Sometimes the pressure to behave in a certain way comes from one’s culture. I recall a strikingly attractive woman who was part of a religious group that believed in very large families; six or eight children were not unusual. Though she acknowledged that her pain was due to “tension” it persisted and she couldn’t understand why. I suggested that she might be resentful of the work and responsibility for such a large family. For a long time she denied this, insisting that she

to Correct a Structural Abnormality Probably the most common treatment among those used to correct a structural abnormality is manipulation. The abnormality for which this is used is malalignment of spinal bones and the purpose of treatment is to restore alignment. I do not believe the abnormality exists, and if it did, I do not believe it could be changed by manipulation. On occasion dramatic relief of pain follows a manipulation, suggesting that the person is having a good placebo response.

we explain how it is that the brain can take the jumble of sounds that enter our ears and turn them into comprehensible words or the myriad shapes and lines we see with the eyes that mean nothing until the brain has worked on them and converted them into words or things we recognize. Most of what the brain does (all subconsciously) is a complete mystery to us. Why, then, are we disturbed because we can’t explain how mental and emotional phenomena can do things to the brain and the body? Things

to stop a very nasty physical reaction. Just as with TMS. MIND AND THE SKIN; ACNE AND WARTS There appears to be a close connection between these skin disorders and the emotions. As with virtually all of these mindbody processes there is no laboratory proof of the causative role of emotions but there is certainly a mountain of clinical evidence. Acne is one of the common “other things” that people with TMS have had or continue to have even while they’re having back trouble. And then there’s the

they had “hurt” themselves. When they realized they had TMS, they admitted how very anxious they had been about the competition. It is not the occasion itself but the degree of anxiety or anger which it generates that determines if there will be a physical reaction. The important thing is the emotion generated and repressed, for we have a built-in tendency to repress unpleasant, painful or embarrassing emotions. These repressed feelings are the stimulus for TMS and other disorders like it.

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