Healing Back Pain: The Mind-Body Connection

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Grand Central Publishing, Mar 15, 2001 - Health & Fitness - 208 pages
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Dr. John E. Sarno's groundbreaking research on TMS (Tension Myoneural Syndrome) reveals how stress and other psychological factors can cause back pain-and how you can be pain free without drugs, exercise, or surgery.

Dr. Sarno's program has helped thousands of patients find relief from chronic back conditions. In this New York Times bestseller, Dr. Sarno teaches you how to identify stress and other psychological factors that cause back pain and demonstrates how to heal yourself--without drugs, surgery or exercise. Find out:
  • Why self-motivated and successful people are prone to Tension Myoneural Syndrome (TMS)
  • How anxiety and repressed anger trigger muscle spasms
  • How people condition themselves to accept back pain as inevitable
With case histories and the results of in-depth mind-body research, Dr. Sarno reveals how you can recognize the emotional roots of your TMS and sever the connections between mental and physical pain...and start recovering from back pain today.

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I'm not even done with this book yet but it's already helped me. The statistic that blew me away was that nearly all severe back pain is found in people between the ages of 30 and 60. Not young people ... Read full review

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John Ernest Sarno Jr. was born in Brooklyn, New York on June 23, 1923. He attended Kalamazoo College in Michigan for three years before leaving in 1943 to join the Army. During World War II, he worked in field hospitals in Europe. He received a medical degree from Columbia University in 1950 and spent nearly a decade in family practice. He returned to New York in 1960 for a residency in pediatric medicine at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center and then another residency at the Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at New York University. He joined N.Y.U.'s Rusk Institute for Rehabilitation Medicine in 1965 and practiced there until his retirement in 2012. He maintained that most instances of non-traumatic chronic pain - including back pain, gastrointestinal disorders, headaches, and fibromyalgia - are physical manifestations of deep-seated psychological anxieties. He wrote several books including Healing Back Pain: The Mind-Body Connection; The Mindbody Prescription: Healing the Body, Healing the Pain; The Divided Mind: The Epidemic of Mindbody Disorders; Stroke; and Mind Over Back Pain: A Radically New Approach to the Diagnosis and Treatment of Back Pain. He died from cardiac failure on June 22, 2017 at the age of 93.