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Dr John Sarno’s message in a nutshell (taken from the end of Chapter 8 in the audio book version of Dr Sarno’s ‘The Divided Mind’)

This is a gentle 6-minute meditation based on Dr Sarno’s Daily Reminders. Relax, sit back and let his soothing words sink in and calm you.

Chronic Pain: How Stress can fuel persistent pain

This image (from the Curable website) offers a clear description of why pain persists, even after an injury has healed, and how stress can fuel persistent pain.

The difference between acute and chronic pain

Here is a 5-minute video that explains the difference between acute and chronic pain, and what you can do to help recover from the latter. Its cartoon-like images are engaging and make easy sense of what can sometimes seem a little hard to grasp.

What is TMS?

Dr John Sarno & Tension Myositis Syndrome (TMS) Explained – an informative 3-minute video

In July 1999 the ABC News Magazine, 20/20, broadcast a segment on Dr John Sarno’s approach to treating chronic pain and his TMS approach. The anchor of the segment, John Stossel, discusses his own struggle with chronic pain and how Dr. Sarno’s approach helped him become pain free. It lasts 13 minutes and is worth your time.

Dr John Sarno and his disciples

Dr John Sarno was probably America’s most famous back pain doctor. He died in 2017 at the health age of 93, and thankfully his legacy continues in the form of (among many):

  • Nicole Sachs, LCSW
  • Dr Harold Schubiner
  • Dave Clarke, MD
  • Alan Gordon, LCSW
  • Barbara Kline, LCSW-C
  • Georgie Oldfield, MCSP
  • David Schechter, MD
  • Howard Schubiner, MD
  • Eric Sherman, PsyD
  • John Stracks, MD
  • Peter Zafirides, MD
Dr Sarno argued that chronic pain can be the result of a psychosomatic process and emotional factors.

Dr Sarno’s Bibliography

Why your response to stress is so important

This short video highlights how stress can cause many symptoms including: high blood pressure, skin and digestive disorders, insulin resistance, muscle tension, heart disease and how it can lower our immune response to dealing with disease. It also, which is important to note for chronic pain sufferers, reduces our healing rates. So how we respond to stress is so important if we are to heal and stay healthy.

short term stress and long term stress on the body

This short video highlights how the body’s stress response can be beneficial in a dangerous situation, and how it can become dangerous for our bodies when we remain in that stress response.

Why so many perfectionists struggle with chronic pain

This short video from the app Curable demonstrates where perfectionism comes from and the negative toll it can take on our bodies.

How we can turn on the stress response by thought alone.

Here is a short 2-minute talk by Dr Joe Dispenza.

Neuroplasticity

Our brains are not hard-wired and fixed by the time we are adults, as was previously thought. We are constantly learning and evolving, and so our brain is constantly updating. This process is called neuroplasticity and it means that it is possible to rewire our brain to more helpful habits if we want to change any negative habitual behaviours, including how we react to a situation, as this short cartoon demonstrates.

Positive Affirmations

Luckily for us all, Louise Hay’s ‘101 Power Thoughts’ is now available for free on YouTube. Repeatedly practicing something actively or in our imagination can help us rewire our brains, as can using supportive affirmations.

Podcasts

There are a couple of excellent podcasts out there for people suffering from chronic pain conditions. I have learnt so much from them, and been hugely inspired by them! The ‘Mind and Fitness‘ podcast with Eddy Lindenstein is my favourite (I was honoured to be guest on it on episode 134!).

Also, really worth tuning into is the podcast by the creators of the app ‘Curable’ called ‘Tell me about your Pain’. Alan Gordon is so chilled, and I enjoy the banter he shares with his co-host Alon Ziv.

Nicole Sachs, LCSW, does some incredible work to educate the world on the mind body condition and her podcast ‘The Cure for Chronic Pain‘ is certainly worth a listen, as is the ‘Future Frequency‘ podcast with Katelyn Michaels.

Websites

TMS Wiki is a wonderful resource for anyone suffering from chronic pain and contains information and support on just about every condition considered under the umbrella of psychophysiological disorder/mind-body syndome/TMS. Here is a link to a selection of inspiring, informative videos they have put together. Be inspired! You too can heal yourself.