Healing Back Pain: The Mind-Body Connection Mass Market Paperback – February 1, 2010
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- Item Weight : 3.74 ounces
- Mass Market Paperback : 240 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0446557684
- ISBN-13 : 978-0446557689
- Publisher : Grand Central Life & Style; Reissue Edition (February 1, 2010)
- Product Dimensions : 4.25 x 0.75 x 6.75 inches
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #88,535 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Here are some KEY tips that helped me to heal:
1. Stop covering up your feelings. In the past, if someone said something offensive towards me, I would cover up the feeling by thinking about it, rationalizing why they said, what they said, the context, blah blah blah but the FEELING is what is important. My mind would say I'm not offended but the truth is I am. FEEL THAT FEELING and tell yourself it's ok to feel this. I am ok.
2. Stop letting your thoughts torture you. In the past I would let my head spin in worry for hours and hours, thinking oh maybe this will happen, but what if that happens. Take charge and say NO to your worry thoughts. It will suck for a while because worry is a habit and it takes time to break so you will be stopping your thoughts A LOT but eventually the worry slows down and dissipates. Channel that inner rage at your thoughts. Tell them to shut up! I wont take this abuse anymore, I deserve to feel good and I choose to feel hopeful.
3. Practice positive thinking and prayer. This will vibrationally help you to heal. Feed yourself POSITIVE ENERGY as much as you can, believe in your healing, no matter what the pain is telling you. Listen to My Morning Jacket, spend time in nature, get off Twitter and Instagram and all that noise, pet your dog, think about great things that have happened to you.
4. Journal. Write about what makes you angry, sad, scared, insecure. Write it out. I would oftentimes feel the repressed rage boiling up to the surface as I wrote. This is exactly what the pain is trying to distract you from, it is great to feel that rage there.
5. Cry, scream, beat the hell out of something. Get those emotions moving. If you have chronic pain, you have stale emotions sitting in you. Lay on your bed and breathe deeply into your belly, make a sound as you exhale, this helps to rouse the old emotions, bringing them to the surface. Keep breathing into it and cry it out, beat your pillow, whatever you're feeling.
6. Don't worry about setbacks. I had so many times where the pain would go down, only to come back with a vengeance. I was afraid I would never heal, but the fact that you can get it moving up and down like that at all shows that things are changing. Keep practicing, hold strong, and eventually the pain starts to lose the fight.
Good luck and god bless.
If you still don't believe me, shoot me a comment on this review and maybe we can chat via email. I used to walk around with a cane due to my pain and now I'm climbing mountains, back to work, sprinting, weight lifting, you name it. Good luck.
Dr Sarno believes that back pain is caused by the subconscious mind in an effort to keep you from thinking about or dealing with unpleasant or painful thoughts and feelings. It accomplishes this by depriving oxygen to the nerves and tissues surrounding the spine. This is a condition he calls TMS. Conveniently, this is not a condition that can be measured, viewed on imaging or the like. You just got to take his word for it. If this sounds crazy, hang on, it gets crazier.
One might think that the solution to TMS would be psychotherapy then, right? Well, not exactly. Dr Sarno thinks that the important step to recovery from TMS is to understand how TMS works. You see once the subconscious mind becomes aware of the fact that you have discovered this big trick its trying to pull on you then it knows it can't use that anymore and relent on your back pain.
One thing I found particularly interesting about all this is how its written. Normally pseudo-scientific books will dress up their theories with lots of sciencey and clinical sounding words. To a reader untrained in medicine, this may make the claims seem more authentic. Dr. Sarno makes no attempt at all to do any of this. In fact, he goes out of his way to explain his theory in the most raw and uncomplicated terms possible so that his theory will be easily understood. It seems clear to me that Dr. Sarno honestly believes everything he has written in this book.
So Sarnos treatment is bunk then right? It's like this, read the book. Do what Sarno recommends. If you feel better then it isnt bunk at all. My back pain does feel better after reading the book but that might be because ive lost some weight and started exercising.
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In desperation I was researching ways to cure my horrendous chronic daily pain and thankfully came across Dr Sarno's book.
I have been in at times excruciating chronic pain daily following an operation on my foot in 2011. I'd had a serious accident as a teenager, where I nearly lost my foot and this operation was to remove some metal work 20 odd years later. Since the day of my op, I had no respite from the pain and as you can imagine my life became hell. Finally I was told I had severe sciatica and was put under a pain clinic where I was given physio, very strong nerve pills and painkillers, acupuncture and mindfulness/relaxation techniques. I even paid myself for chiropractic treatment (which made my pain worse). NOTHING has worked in all these years. The pain was mainly in my left calf, side of foot and toes as well as in my lower back and buttock. I had deep aching, stabbing pains, burning and pins and needles and numbness.
After reading the reviews and researching Dr Sarno, I ordered the book immediately. I am so happy to report that the book has changed my life and the pain has gone whilst I was reading it. Sometimes I get so nervous it will come back, but I tell myself I will just use the information Dr Sarno teaches to banish it away again. I cannot quite believe that this pain was all to do with repressed emotions, especially considering the way it manifest as such real physical pain. I just wish I'd found out about this book sooner as I could have saved myself a lot of heartache.
This is why I would encourage anyone to give this book a chance. I'm still in awe. I'm going to send a personal letter to Dr Sarno and give the book to a doctor at the pain clinic that I was under.