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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 isn't really a program for self-treatment, with only five pages of action plan (and many more pages telling why conventional methods don't 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 mind's effort to repress emotions. He's not saying that your pain is all in your head; rather, he's 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 doesn't work any more, and there's 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 --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
This best seller was first published in 1991, but no one ever bid for the audio rights. Now, Sarno will narrate his own work.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
A must read for back pain sufferers. The book is a very quick read, but provides an excellent introduction to this healing protocol.Published 7 days ago by frozen
Very well explained for the laymen. After reading this book I believe I suffer from TMS and will have to apply Dr. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
I'm surprised how Dr Sarnoff has described my condition and character to a tee. I'm expecting to be completely healed from the knowledge he has provided in this insightful book. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Barry
I wish I would have bought this book earlier. It gives clear explanation about the what causes of the pain and how to get relieve from it. I would surely recommend it.Published 9 months ago by BR
Without a doubt the most important book I have ever read. For three years I suffered with terrible back pain, tried many different treatments (4 physiotherapists (3 clinics),... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Dennis from Canada
This book is gold... I used it to cure myself of debilitating lower back pain, and have lent it to friends who've had the same positive experience.Published 10 months ago by sublime stories