Mind over Back Pain

Mind over Back Pain

by John E. Sarno


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Mind over Back Pain by John E. Sarno

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425175231
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/28/1999
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 346,372
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Dr. John Sarno is Professor of Clinical Rehabilitation Medicine, New York University School of Medicine, and attending physician at the Howard A. Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine, New York University Medical Center.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1Structural Abnormalities Rarely Cause Back Pain13
Chapter 2Conventional Treatment and Medical Mythology33
Chapter 3What Causes Back Pain? The Psychophysiology of TMS50
Chapter 4The Manifestations of TMS67
Chapter 5The Treatment of TMS83

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Mind over Back Pain: A Radically New Approach to the Diagnosis and Treatment of Back Pain 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had lower back pain and sciatica 24 hours a day/ 7 days a week for TWO YEARS. I tried steroid injections, chiropractic care, physical therapy, pain killers, anti-inflammatories and did not begin experiencing any relief until I read this book. Anyone who has tried everything and thinks there's no hope should read this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I first read Dr. Sarno's Mind Over Back Pain I developed a good understanding of the mind/body connection. It was his Healing Back Pain that give me a deeper understanding of how repressed anger, anxiety, and frustration can cause pain. At the time I was disabled with back, leg, neck, and hand pain, and quite disappointed and frustrated with the treatments I had recieved. Dr. Sarno's explanation answered all my questions about my condition and fit perfectly well with all the crucial research information I had discovered. Although Dr. Sarno's guidelines seemed useful, I felt the need for more concrete steps and a faster recovery time. As a father of two, I wanted to get well as quickly as possible. So I designed an effective nine-step plan for rapid recovery based on techniques used by Olympic athletes. The rapid recovery plan helped me improve immediately and recover shortly after. Those with herniated discs as well as carpal tunnel syndrome have recovered rapidly using these techniques. After my recovery I wanted to share my story and the recovery plan with all those suffering needlessly from back and neck pain. In addition to conducting seminars and workshops for the University of California, CIGNA, and other organizations, I wrote Rapid Recovery from Back and Pain: A Nine-Step Recovery Plan which provides crucial research on back and neck pain and many cases of rapid recovery as well as a section for designing a personal rapid recovery plan. Rapid Recovery from Back and Neck Pain is availabe at bn.com.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book has helped me to see back pain in a different light. It has helped me tremendously not only to eleviate my back pain but in life in general. His theory about tension and stress as related to back pain is simple and it makes sense. Dr. Sarno gives you his theory as to the cause of back pain and why it is not just structural in nature. It is a must read for back pain sufferers.
Honeysuckle More than 1 year ago
This book was the only thing that eliminated my back pain.  My chiropractor recommended it to me and within 30 days I noticed a tremendous difference.  It is a must read for anyone with chronic back pain.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book gave me my life back. After 9 years of horrible back pain that was progressivly getting worse, this book saved my life. I have been pain free ever since I read the book ten years ago. Yes, I am a believer. I have passed this book on to several people, and it has helped them also.Thank you, John Sarno.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great book. I was told by my PT that my back was delicate, and had been filled with fear and dread about being permanently disabled. I read this book while riding a bus for 5 hours, in a seat that should have crippled me. I got off the bus pain free and have been pain free since. I want to thank Dr. Sarno for giving me my life back. As to the naysayers; Dr. Sarno is the first to state that there are SOMETIMES other causes of back pain that are not TMS. But had debilitating, tension-related siatica; I am not a hypochondriac; I hate doctors and 5 months of PT has been awful. Buy this very inexpensive book and read it with an open mind. What have you got to lose? I got my life back.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I first read Mind Over Back Pain, I understood the mind/body connection and its role as regards to my back pain, but was left with many questions on how to treat it. It was Dr. Sarno's next book, Healing Back Pain, that explained more clearly the diagnosis and helped me recover from chronic pain in my back, legs, knees, feet, neck, arms, and hands, and almost completely disability. Combining guidelines provided by Dr. Sarno with techniques used by Olympic athletes, I was able to design a nine-step repid recovery program that allowed me to improve immediately and recover within four days. My story is detailed in Rapid Recovery from Back and Neck Pain: A Nine-Step Recovery plan and serves as another testimony to the accuracy of Dr. Sarno's diagnosis. Rapid Recovery from Back and Neck Pain is now available at bn.com.