This is the book that has given thousands of sufferers new hope–a gentle, effective way to find real relief from back pain, without painkillers, without surgery, without spending days on end in bed.
Dr. John Sarno‘s revolutionary approach to back pain is based on his discovery that tension is the underlying cause of most back problems–leading to an often unrecognized condition called Tension Mytosis Syndrome. In this book–the first to explain the psychophysiology, manifestations, and treatment of TMS–you’ll find clear steps, sensible advice, and simple illustrations to help you find relief, prevent future pain…and live life fully once again.Community Review
- WHAT A MIND SWITCH !!! Though I have not totally conquered the pain in the posterior (which comes, they say from the back… I’d been to several doctors about the pain, went to physical therapy and that made it worse, actually. So this book was recommended to me by a very reliable friend so I’m trying the process. The physical therapist was throwing up his hands and doctors told me to rest it, use heat and take OTC pain pills. Then when those didn’t work…here, have some narcotics. Well they made me sicker, darn it.
So it is MIND OVER MATTER TIME! I put on my workout clothes and hit the trail. I talk to my brain a lot and I don’t care if something thinks I’m nuts, I’m getting better and better! I’m not there yet but I know I’ll make it. This has been going on for at least 4 years. I’ve only done this for about a month.
Instead of going to bed with a heating pad I suit up and get moving. What a change from walking a block and having to sit down, sometimes with tears running down my cheeks… to walking a mile telling my brain to fix the ***blasted pain. Shoot, I even do weights, resistance, bike, etc.
Thank you Dr. John Sarno, M.D. I feel like I’m living again…and get this, I’m over 70 years old.
You will be resistant at first. It at first seems like he is saying that all people with back pain are malingerers or have hypochondria. He isn’t! What he is saying is that physical pain is a consequence, not the cause of your back pain. Doctors are treating the consequence as if it’s the cause. The cause is what is known as ‘tension’. Think about it. You pickup a bag of groceries and your back hurts. So you go to the doctor and they treat the back. But the back never caused your pain. What caused the pain was the invisible tension between the back and your action. This tension happened because of psychological emotion. If you realize the cause is psychological not physical, the pain will evaporate. Typically our society looks down on people who experience tension, but support people who experience physical pain, so people won’t admit to feeling psychological tension. Once you do, your physical symptoms will resolve themselves and the psychological tension will reduce too.
- I bought this copy for a friend. She started to read the first chapter and started to feel her back get better! I had a horrible back spasm 25 years ago that was healed just by reading this book. Is it for everybody? Not necessarily. If tension is making your back ache, or you have a backache and tension in your life, why not read a paperback book to see if it helps? If it doesn’t help, you’re out less than $10. If it does help, it can save you from years of potentially addicting pain medications and having to have back surgery. No, it isn’t “all in your head”–it’s in your back. But what’s in your life could be causing your back to hurt. Why not give it a try?
- I read this book about 15 years ago and it completely changed my outlook on having a “bad back.” I suffered my first back injury while playing high school football and never completely recovered from it. After pretty much surrendering to the reality of having a chronic injury, I read this book and was blindsided by it. I am now 44 years old and in the best overall shape of my life. My “bad back” is kept in check by recognizing when I am stressed and managing the muscle tension that inevitably comes along with it. I made this recent purchase for a family friend who is going through a stressful period of her life and beginning to experience chronic back issues. I hope she benefits from it the way I did. If you are even considering back surgery, please read this book and keep an open mind.
I think Dr. Sarno is a bloody genius! I’ve had lifeolong bouts with low back pain, the last one lasting far too long until today (1.5 yrs) and being far too excruciating (along with neck involvement) — none of which bouts showed any structural defect! It is completely clear to me now, that my back pain has been caused by my brain, tho triggered in every instance by some physical incident that should have been easily resolved in weeks or a few months at most. Since reading this book, plus The Divided Mind (where he gives you a step-by-step process to follow to get your brain to let go of the false messaging), I have dropped about 50% of my pain in 3 weeks. Amazing! I follow his program religiously every day — but I also swim three times a week in a warm rehab pool, walk five days a week (1.5 miles), do back stretches and strenghtening 5 nights a week plus arm bands 3 days a week, and see my Alexander Technique teacher twice a month to learn better posture and stress relief techniques.. Sarno’s program doesn’t mean we don’t have to exercise moderately and sanely, or don’t have to eat nutritionally and well! We all know that! Sarno adds the final key element for me, to the advice and how-tos for “living a long but healthy lifestyle”, a loosely-goosey phrase much bandied about these days.