The Mind~Body Prescription. By John Sarno, MD. Book Summary. Dr John Sarno is a rehabilitation specialist based at the Rusk Rehabilitation Institute in New. The MindBody Syndrome TMS - Description and Equivalences - by Marc Sopher, . The Mindbody Prescription: Healing the Body, Healing the Pain by John E. The New York Times bestselling guide to a healthy and pain-free life. Musculoskeletal pain disorders have reached epidemic proportions in the United States.
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Editorial Reviews. lesforgesdessalles.info Review. Dr. John Sarno caused quite a ruckus back in when he suggested that back pain is all in the head. NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER"My life was filled with excruciating back and shoulder pain until I applied Dr. Sarno's principles, and in a matter of weeks my. Pain and the Mindbody Prescription. Sarno's Hypothesis. Pain and the Mindbody Connection o We know anxiety, depression, anger can exacerbate chronic.
Jan 22, Stefan Kanev added it. Other than my initial reaction, it hasn't been much of a leap for me to believe that my physical problems might stem from emotional distress. BookShout Price:. It talks a lot about "rage" and you might not be a person who really perceives that you're feeling "rage" I'm not. When I sought medical attention, I was told to do physical therapy.
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More Details Original Title. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Mindbody Prescription , please sign up. Hi - can anyone recommend any follow-up books that maybe focus a bit more on the practical application rather than the theory? Andy Have you had a chance to go over the TMS wiki site and its resources? I recommend their pain program, though it is largely based on Dr.
Sarno's work: If you do find something, please be sure to share! Best of luck, Andrew less. See 1 question about The Mindbody Prescription…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. Sort order. Jun 18, Mark Dickson rated it it was ok. Let me preface this review with the fact that the rating doesn't apply to Sarno's theory--that many physical ailments have mental causes --but rather to the book itself--to its execution. I should preface this doubly with the suggestion that this may, in fact, bu Let me preface this review with the fact that the rating doesn't apply to Sarno's theory--that many physical ailments have mental causes --but rather to the book itself--to its execution.
I should preface this doubly with the suggestion that this may, in fact, but a really useful book for folks suffering from chronic back pain. But here's the rub: The invocation of psychoanalytical theory is either too much or too little.
It's there for a good reason--to help assuage the doubts of more analytical readers, giving a scientific basis to psychological side of the book. For my taste, it didn't delve far enough--it just let me with a lot more questions. Sarno, via a handful of noted psychologists, suggests that the root of psychosomatic ailments is in unconscious "rage". But this rage, to use a Kantian term, is noumenal ; we have no way of accessing or addressing it directly.
We experience it phenomenally , but often not as actual expressed anger. We may not "experience" it at all, experience being a conscious faculty. This rage may manifest itself as any number of physical maladies however. The problem, then, is that this rage must manifest itself somehow. First off, why?
Secondly, Sarno seems to think that this subconscious rage wants to express itself as actual rage, or perhaps tears of frustration, which are not socially acceptable affect displays in Western society.
Thus, we must sublimate the rage. But wait. I thought this wasn't conscious rage. Wouldn't we be sublimating conscious rage in that case?
I think perhaps what Sarno means is that stress is really damn hard on our bodies. Lots of things cause stress and we store that stress. And we probably lack good ways of releasing that stress. Sometimes this manifests as pain. Acknowledging the pain's origin as mental probably gives us a feeling of control--or alleviates feelings of helplessness.
This helps reduce the stress at the core of the pain.
Injecting a sense of control into this process effectively eliminates the feedback loop. Was that so hard? Sarno either needs to offer way less analysis, or way more. This doesn't work against his larger thrust, though, that unalleviated stress can instigate actual physical problems. I don't think too many readers would find that conclusion startling.
And his solution, for the most part, is also somewhat unsurprising: It should be noted, very early on, that this only applies to maladies with no discernible physical cause. He then goes on to debunk a large collection of alleged physical causes largely looking at various spinal and nerve abnormalities. The section on back and leg issues is pretty illuminating--probably the single most useful section on the book. Not surprising, given that this is his area of specialty.
In most other sections, though, he over-reaches.
He would have us believe that just about every physical ailment humans suffer from his psychological in origin. But let's be clear, other factors, like diet and exercise are extremely important. And sometimes there really are physical causes to physical problems.
This fact may be dangerously underrepresented in this book. View 1 comment. Mar 22, Yelda Basar Moers rated it it was amazing Shelves: Truly an amazing, life-altering read!! Within 24 hours of reading this book my leg pain disappeared!
Sarno believes that back and leg pain can be due to repressed emotions that turn to an interior rage that then become masked as pain. Confronting the mind with this awareness can break the cycle, or so he explains in his brilliant book! Jan 22, Stefan Kanev added it. I'm reluctant to rate this book. It sounds very convincing and both the symptoms and history of my RSI issues fit the narrative perfectly, but I feel I should give it a fair shot before having an opinion. It's basically a very simple idea.
Thus, treatment should be focus on psychological issues and not on physical I'm reluctant to rate this book. Thus, treatment should be focus on psychological issues and not on physical ones.
There are lot of details to go into, but it boils down to "An unhealthy mind can make the body sick and you should treat the cause and not the symptom". At first the ideas sounded a bit out there, but as I read on I become more and more convinced. The author is an actual medical doctor, he doesn't use wishful thinking and he keeps his exposition pretty reasonable and fairly scientific.
He's very careful to make the point that 1 there is no magic to all this and 2 not all chronic problems are TMS. His claims seem to be backed up by a sizable online community that shares very similar stories. I am convinced to try his approach and see how it affects my condition. I might revisit this review once I've done that. This book is utter nonsense.
In the book, the author complains his paper was rejected 7 times from different scientific publications. It is my suspicion this was due to serious scientific mistakes, as the book shows the author does not master this skill. I fail to see why this is problematic; use of home computers exploded in this period. You would expect people spending too much time at the keyb This book is utter nonsense.
You would expect people spending too much time at the keyboard to develop RSI-like problems. The numbers and variables he throws out are not controlled against simple metrics, as I just showed.
He never discuss sources of error in his theories, like the influence of improved diagnosis on number of occurrences. The author also uses tired charlatan tricks, like blaming the victim. For this, he is not to be taken seriously.
The book is full of basal mistakes, and I sincerely regret I bought this book. Don't do it. View 2 comments. Jan 03, Stephane rated it it was amazing Recommended to Stephane by: Heard about on Rosie Radio. A life changing read! This book truly connects the dots between the mind and the body. It shines a spotlight on the impact emotional stress can have on the physical body. I suffered from back pain for many years prior to reading this book.
That pain is now gone and when I feel it starting to return, I now know it is a sign that I need to deal with emotional stress. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who suffers from chronic pain. Tension Myositis Syndrome is relatively new term that few doctors are aware of, or want to be aware of. Thankfully Dr. John E. Sarno has brought this fascinating, frustrating mysterious condition to light. Sarno's book "The Mindbody Prescription: Healing the Body, Healing the Pain" functions in a very special manner, in that educates and heals at the very same time.
It's value goes beyond traditional study of what makes a book good or bad, in that it is the equivalent of medicine v TMS: It's value goes beyond traditional study of what makes a book good or bad, in that it is the equivalent of medicine via paper.
Sarno's theory, which has been proven as fact after years of practice and analysis, is that a fair majority of our traditional physical ailments are the result of a function of the brain, Each individual has both a conscious and unconscious mind. The conscious mind helps us observe, think, remember, see, feel, hear, touch and rationalize. The unconscious mind, however, is purely narcissistic, and completely irrational. What happens with TMS is that the trials and tribulations of life since childhood creates rage, stress, and extreme emotion in the unconscious, whether we realize it or not.
Everyone has it due to the complexity of the psyche verses the selfish, irrational self hidden in the unconscious. It is this unconscious rage that triggers the brain to protect you from letting it all out. As a defense mechanism, the brain sends a signal to deprive oxygen from a certain part of the body, reducing the blood flow and this creating pain in affected area.
The pain is real, yet it also serves its function as a distraction from the unconscious rage. That is the whole point of pain: In essence, pain is a trick of the brain. Common TMS maladies include back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, repetitive use injury, leg and shoulder issues, foot problems, ulcers, headaches, stomach-gastrointestinal problems, arthritis, and even auto-immune issues, and possibly cancer.
Sarno is quick point out what TMS is, and what it is not, and that a self-diagnsosis of TMS in general should only be done after first consulting with a traditional doctor to make sure nothing is life-theaating. That said, traditional medicine too often misdiagnosis an issue without first examining the cause. Sarno raises a fascinating, too-overlooked point: If our bodies were as fragile as current fashionable medicine proclaims, humanity would have died out years ago.
Carpal tunnel syndrome, for example, was not identified as a problem until the last years, and it is the current awareness of it that inadvertently creates the problem in the first place.
Reading "The Mindbody Prescription: Healing the Body, Healing the Pain," Dr. Sarno lectures on the same subject over and over again, in a variety of examples, covering the technical biological conditions and TMS symptoms in just about every part of the body, however the point is always the same: TMS is a practice of distracting your from unconscious rage, and that education and awareness can work wonders in healing and providing a permanent cure.
However, as Dr. Sarno deftly points out, it takes some time and work to make the healing-cure happen, and each person has a different depth of unconscious rage to contend with. Some are cured just by reading the book, or attending a TMS lecture or two, others should get help with their unconscious rage through a psychiatrist or psychotherapist.
No matter what the case, it all comes down to an individual learning about TMS, and buying into it one hundred percent. Healing the Body, Healing the Pain" is not for pleasure-reading, nor is it meant to enthrall the reader with wonder.
Instead, Dr. Sarno's book exists as an important tool for many of those who suffer chronic pain, and offers a solution that will change the way you look at both your body and your mind. Jan 02, Dustin Davis rated it it was amazing. I have the audio book. I listened to it all once through and started getting immediate relief to 10 years worth of RSI in my wrists.
The pain then moved to my upper back as the book said to expect. Then to my lower back. After a month the pain finally went away. It sprang up again number times over the next couple of years. Every time it did I would listen to chapter 9 on my train ride commutes. Also, I have herniated my L5-S1 disc twice. It is ruptured.
My neurosurgeon is amazed from my MRIs tha I have the audio book. My neurosurgeon is amazed from my MRIs that I function pain free. I have permanent nerve damage to the point where I have no feeling in the posterior of my left leg and foot, but I have no back pain anymore. People might think I'm crazy, but this book completely changed my life for the better.
I have recommended it to so many people. Mar 29, Nancy rated it it was amazing. Could not walk on my leg, had all tests done, was babying it. Book suggested to address it as caused by hidden rage - I did - leg's all better. If you have migraines, aches and pains, shooting pain in arms, hands related to use of computers carpel tunnel READ it IF you are willing to accept the idea that - if tests have been done and there is no physical cause of the pain to be found - that the pain is cased by your brain.
Nov 13, Travis Callender rated it really liked it Shelves: The areas most typically effected are the postural muscles, tendons and nerves e. The unconscious mind will often choose to create the pain where there has been a physical alteration from aging or previous physical injuries.
Amongst other things, John Sarno says unconscious pain often develops from low self-esteem: Deeply repressed feelings of inadequacy and self doubt lead to perfectionism, and goodism. Perfectionism and goodism lead to excessive self-imposed pressure which generates internal conflict and thereby rage.
Perfectionists unconsciously set up standards for themselves they cannot possibly meet; their inevitable failure to live up to them results in unconscious shame and rage. Goodism co-dependency is the need to be excessively good. Driven to be helpful, to ingratiate, to want everyone to like them.
Rage is generated when the individual excessively sacrifices what is good for them in the interest of others; when there is not enough appreciation from others for what they have given. Repudiate the structural diagnosis e. There may be a simultaneous physical phenomenon but if you have Tension Myositis Syndrome, then the pain is not caused by it.
Acknowledge the psychological basis of the pain. Accept that it is ok that your psychology and beliefs are the way they are. When you feel the physical pain, ask yourself what you are feeling emotionally. Get in touch with your rage, grief, shame, etc.. Write a list of all the pressures in your life. Acknowledge these and take action to reduce them. Set aside a daily session of reflection or meditation. Engage in psychotherapy.
Re-engage in full physical activity that you may have limited because of your pain syndrome. Feb 15, Jane rated it it was amazing Shelves: The message that he is trying to give is that your brain is causing pain in your body due to repressed emotions and your pain will go away by understanding this. For this information, I offer 5 stars. The delivery of the information could be better though. It's not a very captivating read but if you're suffering from any kind of chronic pain, the readability of the book is certainly the least of your concerns.
If you have any kind of pain such as back pain, neck pain, knee pain or migraines or The message that he is trying to give is that your brain is causing pain in your body due to repressed emotions and your pain will go away by understanding this. If you have any kind of pain such as back pain, neck pain, knee pain or migraines or almost any pain you must read this book! You'll be happy to know that he is not saying that the pain is imaginary or that you're faking it. The pain is absolutely real.
It creates pain the same way your brain can give you a stomach ache when you're anxious. I totally believe in the power of the brain. I know of people who have had pain disappear from reading this book.
Years ago I had stomach problems which on hindsight I am certain were brain induced.
I've also experienced vertigo but I was suspicious that my brain was experimenting with attempts at distracting me and it quickly disappeared. Even before reading this book, I had heard about Dr. Sarno and his books so I was fortunate to know this and it probably saved me from other unnecessary pain.
A lot of the book is an explanation of all of the ways the body can be effected by your brain. On the one hand, I found this rather boring and disappointing that this was such a big portion of the book. On the other hand, I realize that this is exactly what we need to know. If I ever experience symptoms in any of these areas I will be able to nip it in the bud. If he didn't cover all of these ailments, my brain would be able to find a new way to distract me without making me suspicious.
In fact, before reading this book I thought I was developing arthritis. I had pain in my hands and I didn't know that this was one of the places that the brain creates pain. Now that I know, the pain is gone. In general I am a big skeptic about most things but in this case it all rings true for me. I don't have a problem with the lack of science to prove his theory. To me, the fact that it works for so many people is proof enough. I appreciate that he acknowledges that there are parts of the brain that no one understands.