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The Mindbody Prescription: Healing the Body, Healing the Pain

The Mindbody Prescription: Healing the Body, Healing the Pain [Kindle Edition]

John E. Sarno
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For pain sufferers everywhere, bestselling author Dr. John E. Sarno brings important new information about when, where, and how emotional factors affect physical well-being, and how this process can be reversed.

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars worked for me 22 May 2006
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Reading it thoroughly twice and implementing the recommendations in this book, has helped me address some debilitating RSI related pains which I'd been carrying for more than 6 years.

Different strokes for different folks and all that, but for me this book was a winner after spending years and countless £££ trying to treat my symptoms
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars RSI sufferers - it could be over 6 Mar 2001
By A Customer
I have suffered from RSI for about one year and, after a very depressing period of intense pain, it had become more manageable through osteopathy and anti-inflammatory treatments. A friend introduced me to Sarno's work saying that she had cured her long-term back pain with it. I am fairly sceptical about anything I perceive to be New Age and accepted her offer of a loan of the book without thinking my cure was around the corner. I read the book, recognised a great deal of what he says are particular types who suffer back pain/RSI and began the program. Within a few days the pain had receded significantly and within two weeks, it was virtually gone. Some people believe that this treatment "blames" the sufferer for their illness but what it does is show how certain types of people with certain behaviour patterns can be susceptible to psychogenic disorders and can then, once informed and convinced of that, cure themselves. I was sick of doctors and other health professionals reducing me to the position of "sick person" and found this enormously empowering. It may not cure everyone but I, and a growing army of other ex-sufferers, know that there is an answer out there for an awful lot of people to end the misery and impotence of chronic pain.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It works! 19 May 2006
Anyone mocking this book has not read it enough times or simply not understood the concepts being delivered!.. it makes so much sense and it really, really works. Before using this book i had RSI to the point where i couldnt type, chronic pain left over from whiplash in my shoulder and chronic jaw pain. I'd had physio on my RSI and whiplash but to no real success, and hospital treatment for my jaw to no real success. After 3 weeks of reading this book (over and over again) i was COMPLETELY FREE of any pain. I really couldnt believe it!!..

The fact modern medicine does not accept these pages as truth is an absolute disgrace - millions upon millions of pounds spent on healthcare which is entirely unnecessary.

If you are in pain, and are a sarno type (perfectionist or goodist), you need to read this book!!..
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Free from agonising back pain 29 Mar 2007
After many tests, painful physio, and painkillers that didn't work my Doctor was advising tests for secondary bone cancer. After following the instructions in this book, the excruciating pain in my spine, which had increased to the point where I was housebound and miserable, vanished in minutes! My Doctor concurred that given my circumstances it was conceivable that the pain had psychological origins and admitted that the tests for bone cancer she was advising were a 'shot in the dark' given that all else had failed to pinpoint a cause. As I continue the mental exercises the muscle pain is diminishing daily and I can contemplate a return to work soon. The Doctor is following my case with interest, I cannot recommend this book highly enough.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great help 13 July 2006
I was suffering from RSI, not sure if its the book or the remedial massage therapy I'm having is what helped (or both), but my RSI is a lot better and improving every day.

Its a very compelling argument and conventional medicine doesn't have all the answers. My doctor told me to take pain killers which only tackles the symptoms not the cause.

UPDATE: Its been over 4 years and I'm RSI free, it did come back a few months after first getting it but I read one of his later books and applied the principles and it soon went away again. I used to get the occasional back pain too, but having read the book if I do get any symptoms (which is now very infrequent) I can make them go away just by running through the principals in the book before I go to sleep.

Dr Sarno offers a hypothesis and evidence to support it, if you accept it and believe it then it will work for you.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
After many, many visits to an internist, orthopedist, and chiropractor, with the accompanying MRIs, for SEVERE leg pain, I discovered Dr. Sarno's book online. It is a common sense, quickly understandable approach to healing yourelf. My first pain-free day was after reading the first 20 pages! So I kept reading. That was 6 weeks ago. Today I am celebrating 3 totally pain free weeks. And now I am using the information to deal with headaches which is working. I am recommending this book to anyone who has pain. I was absolutely miserable and am AMAZED that a book could give me back my life! Thank you Dr. Sarno!!!
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Common-sense pain relief 22 Aug 1999
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Why is it that common sense is not so common? Dr. Sarno's book has made a major difference in my life. I had decided that the remainder of my life would be spent with constant muscle spasms and a sedintary life style. I have thrown away the SI belt, resumed walking and swimming, talked to my unconscious mind, and have experienced little muscle pain in my back, legs, and arms since reading the book. Dr. Sarno explains in clear, if somewhat redundant, style exactly what happens when muscles are deprived of oxygen and how anxiety, anger, and fear contribute to muscle spasms -- being diagnosed as degenerative discs, nerve entrapment, etc. My copy is underlined, high lighted, and loaned out. This is revolutionary work that shows immediate and lasting results. Thank you, Dr. Sarno.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ... in the world today that Sarno makes a really good case for mind...
Makes so much sense - I reckon there is so much stress in the world today that Sarno makes a really good case for mind body illness's. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Jonathan Old
5.0 out of 5 stars Gpod!
Lovely informative book. Bought it for my Husband as he was having issues with his body and work/mental health.
Published 22 days ago by Jessica
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't miss this groundbreaking book.
This is a remarkable book. By using the method that Dr.Sarno explains I was able to be completely free of severely disabling fibromyalgia in a couple of months. Read more
Published 23 days ago by G. Morse-Brown
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, very informative and an easy read considering the ...
Excellent, very informative and an easy read considering the content. it will help a lot of people overcome their pain.
Published 1 month ago by sue w
4.0 out of 5 stars a useful perspective
As a physical therapist I endorse john sarnos work though he would happily put us out of business! For anyone suffering from pain that has not resolved itself with a minimum amount... Read more
Published 1 month ago by bugsy
5.0 out of 5 stars 7 months of pain gone
For 7 months I was in constant pain on my back, neck, shoulders, arms, hands - I had been diagonised with a disc buldge at c5/c6 and tried everything (osteopath, phisio, chiro,... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Sofia
5.0 out of 5 stars A marvellous book - wish I'd found it years ago.
This is a marvellous concept described in simple terms. I used the approach with a painful & limiting left bicep tendonitis which just kept flaring up, growing steadily worse as... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Jane Sleven
4.0 out of 5 stars Food for thought
A most interesting read about a plausible concept which I imagine some people could find controversial. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Myles Bevis
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This book is amazing and has helped me come to terms as to why I am in physical pain. It has made me face issues that I have hidden away. Read more
Published 7 months ago by H
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read
Whilst I don't agree with all his theories I found this an interesting book to better understand the whole mind-body connection with back pain.
Published 9 months ago by Nattus
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