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Healing Back Pain: The Mind-Body Connection

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8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

changed my life

What can I say that everyone here already has? Protruding L5, couldn't sit at work, sit in the car without pain. Then the lists of couldn'ts just kept growing. This book was recommended by my doctor, read it in a couple hours and decided to change my way of thinking....
What can I say that everyone here already has? Protruding L5, couldn't sit at work, sit in the car without pain. Then the lists of couldn'ts just kept growing. This book was recommended by my doctor, read it in a couple hours and decided to change my way of thinking. It works! I sit all day at work, I drive, I ski, I go to spinning, I can do anything! If it starts to creep back in, I become aware of my stress levels, talk to myself, breathe, mediatate, and it's gone. Please have an open mind and get this book!

posted by kgs72 on March 23, 2010

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2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Find me a conrolled trial that proves it works.

This book is about back pain having psychological causes. The treatment? Just recognizing this and telling your body to stop it. I think that this is a good theory but we really need some proof to back this up, I mean you wouldn't want to undergo a cancer treatment o...
This book is about back pain having psychological causes. The treatment? Just recognizing this and telling your body to stop it. I think that this is a good theory but we really need some proof to back this up, I mean you wouldn't want to undergo a cancer treatment or take a medication unitl its been proven to work, would you? So why should you settle for anything less with back pain treatments- unless you just want to make this author even richer! If you ask any doctor how treatments are proven to be effective, they will say it is through controlled trials. In this case, it would be a study where one group used Dr. Sarnos's treatment and another group used no treatment. If the treatment group has less back pain than the control group that got no treatment, then the treamtent is said to work and have benefits. I challenge any reader to find me a controlled study, anywhere, that this treatment works. Having searched huge medical databases such as Medline, let me save you some time- there aren't any. Therefore, there isn't a shred of medical proof that this treatment really works although it was a smooth move to get him on 20/20. You expect no less proof for the drugs or surgery you might have, so use this same logic with your back pain treatments. Of course you will see testimonials that this book cured people's back pain. Any treatment will always have its share of believers whether it be sleeping under pyramids or wearing magnetic shoe inserts. Just check out any other back pain book and you will find its positive reviews every time, no matter how strange the treatment- a true testament to the power of belief. I recommend you save your time and hard earned money and check out books with treatments that have been proven in controlled trials such as "The Multifidus Back Pain Solution" or "The Relaxation Response."

posted by Anonymous on September 18, 2002

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2007

    More for long-term, chronic back pain.

    Don't buy this book if you have had back pain less than a couple of months or so. Studies clearly show that the majority of people with back pain get better in a month or two- regardless of what kind of treatment they get- its just the nature of back pain. On the other hand, if you're a long-term, chronic back pain sufferer, and have tried many different kinds of back pain treatments without relief, then this book will definitely be worth your while to read. There are definitely links between back pain and psychological issues according to the literature and this is an area that could be well worth your time exploring.

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2012

    I think that anybody with chronic back pain should consider read

    I think that anybody with chronic back pain should consider reading this book.

    The author's approach is somewhat unique, and I was a bit skeptical at first, but as I read it and considered his ideas, believe it or not, my back pain began to lessen.

    He talks about the mind/body link involving back pain. He attributes ongoing pain to emotional factors, rather than the initial injury. He says that these emotional factors, along with focusing on the pain all the time, keeps your back tense, which keeps it from healing. He advises against back exercises for that same reason: they make you focus too much on your back. He describes personality types that are prone to back pain, which rang a bell with me.

    If you have chronic back pain it's hard not to focus on it, but it becomes a vicious cycle: anticipating the pain, fearing it, dreading it. I think the basic idea is that your body will heal if you're mind would let it. It's empowering to think that you may have some control, rather than being a helpless victim.

    That said, old habits are hard to break, and it takes time to "retrain" your brain. I had my back pain return, and rereading parts of his book inspired me and helped to turn it around again. I think it's an ongoing process. When you consider how long it took you to get to this point, it's not going to happen overnight. But from the success I've had so far, I think there's something to be said for this approach.

    I will say at this point, this book had helped me more than the other books I've read for back pain.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2009

    This Book Really Helped Me!

    Dr. Sarno uses example after example to convince the reader to overcome skepticism and consider the connection between back pain and the suppression of anger and anxiety. Dr. Sarno's experiences over many years with his numerous patients provide very compelling evidence and made a believer out of me. Two years of chronic back pain ended abruptly when I was about half-way through this book. What more can one say as an endorsement?!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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