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  • Paperback: 193 pages
  • Publisher: Wellness Central (1 Feb. 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446392308
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446392303
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.6 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (146 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 465,288 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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, that the battle going on in your mind results in a real physical disorder, which 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 realisation 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 BackPain should not be used for self-diagnosis. Always consult a physician for chronic or acute back pain). --Joan Price

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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, that the battle going on in your mind results in a real physical disorder, which 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 realisation 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 BackPain should not be used for self-diagnosis. Always consult a physician for chronic or acute back pain). (Joan Price, AMAZON.CO.UK REVIEW)

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By J.S.M. on 4 May 2013
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Let me start by saying this is my first ever book review. Normally I would be too busy or too lazy but this book is so incredible and worked so well for me that I simply had to add more positive comments to those already written here in the hope it will help save other people the suffering and incapacity I have been through. Before starting I should say that I consider myself open-minded enough to listen and consider but need to be convinced. The evidence was so compelling that I was easily convinced. Like others I have been suffering back, neck and shoulder pain and spasms for several years with life becoming a greater worry and loved activities becoming fewer. Investigations with medical professionals, and treatment by physios, chiropractic and osteopathic practitioners all temporarily easing but never curing the problem which was becoming ever more debilitating with spasms leaving me temporarily bed-ridden and unable to plan anything as I couldn't predict my state of health. Hours of prescribed strengthening work in the gym and pilates made no difference either. While reading the book I was able to recognize myself quite quickly. Becoming fully consciously aware of the mind's involvement in my physical problems and applying the recommended straightforward techniques to overcome them has set me free of nearly all aches and pains within just 10 days and I am already back to activities I though I may have to give up. I am still learning because the unconscious mind can be a tricky one and I know it will take time but I feel I have my life back. I would also say to any skeptics that the book only costs a few pounds and a little investment in time to read. Nothing compared to the time and cost with ongoing treatments. In any event, if you are a skeptic you ought to apply the same skepticism to medical diagnoses which cannot always be fully proven and treatments which cannot be guaranteed and regularly fail.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Janet Spence on 14 Mar. 2012
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As a doctor working in the area of fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome, this book really resonated with me.It was recommended to me by my physiotherapist son, and will indeed change my approach to certain patients. Unresolved anger is a constant theme in my work, and this book indicates a fresh approach to working with these patients.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Dave on 10 Jan. 2013
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It covers the link between the mind and the body and the route cause of many occurences of back pain. Once you can get past the doubts you have around this topic then this book really can change your life.

I had to give up sport at 27 due to back problems. Since reading this book I've gone on to run my fastest ever time for the mile and get back into sport (at 35). The best thing though is seeing the results in people who I have recommended the book to; one of whom has gone ski-ing with her family for the first time in years and feels reborn.

I realize this sounds incredibly gushing but this is th eimpact it has had on me and thousands of others. There are no guarantees, and it may not be relevant to all back problems but you owe it to yourself to read it and give it your best shot.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ian on 10 Jun. 2014
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This is the first book review I've ever done, I'm writing this in the hope that my experience will encourage others to give this book a try!...

My 12 year old daughter suffered chronic back pain for a year, we attributed the pain to a fall she'd suffered from a rope swing around the same time that the pain started.

Her pain got worse every month, she stopped dancing / gymnastics / cycling / PE etc. due to the pain, she was regularly reduced to tears, at times she couldn't walk upstairs, the constant pain was destroying her life (and putting a huge strain on our family).

She had countless doctors appointments, was referred to a hospital 'specialist', was given many sessions of physiotherapy and hydrotherapy all of which did absolutely nothing to alleviate her pain. We also took her for several sessions of 'Bowens Therapy'... nothing worked!

She had an MRI scan (which showed nothing), blood tests, and was prescribed stronger and stronger painkillers by the medical 'experts' in an attempt to control the pain. In the end she was taking a cocktail of a high dose of Codeine, Ibuprofen and Paracetamol every few hours, every day of her life.

The pain totally controlled her life, and affected the lives of the rest of the family. It became the main topic of discussion and we were going out of our minds trying to find something to help her.

The side effects of the painkillers also contributed to her feeling unwell, she was constipated, her face became swollen and she had stomach pains (all as a result of the codeine), she was almost unrecognisable from the girl she had been.

Then, I came across this book by Dr John Sarno... the many positive reviews on Amazon convinced me that it was worth trying and I downloaded it one weekend.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 Jun. 2004
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It's worked for me. I deliberately waited at least a year before writing as I would normally have a relapse in that time. But it hasn't happened. So I can only say that this has really helped. The picture on the front is so misleading. It's not about having a muscular back or 'building up' your back. It's just about recognising what gets you down, angry or fearful in life and noticing what this does to you physically (TMS). Once you do this and react to the initial spasms the way Dr Sarno recommends here, you're on the way towards beating it. Won't work for everyone, I'm sure, but definitely worth a try with an open mind.
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