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’)

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

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.


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.

This page will be reorganised and updated as regularly as I can. Please contact me for further information on TMS.