“Natural forces within us are the true healers of disease.”
Chronic Pain & Stress Illness Recovery
Tension Myositis Syndrome (TMS) is the name given by Dr John E Sarno to describe pain in the body due to our repressed emotions. It is also known as Tension Myoneural Syndrome, The MindBody Syndrome and Psychophysiologic Disorder (PPD).
Dr Sarno helped thousands of of chronic pain sufferers out of pain by identifying the pain as TMS and then educating people to the true nature of the pain and its link to the brain and repressed emotions. In fact, people have become pain free from just reading Dr Sarno’s book Healing Back Pain. The most immediate relief for clients upon receiving the TMS diagnosis is that there is nothing structurally wrong with their body and are therefore encouraged to go about their daily activities of life without giving into the pain.
The physical pain is 100% real but the cause is stress. Stress causes real changes in the brain and the nervous system. Chronic pain is often caused by these “learned” nerve connections.
Do you recognise any of these Stress Induced Symptoms?
Abdominal pain; Allergies/hay fever; Anxiety symptoms or panic attacks; Back, neck or other aches and pains; Bell’s palsy, facial paralysis; Body dysmorphic disorder; Carpal Tunnel Syndrome; Changes in voice; Constipation or diarrhoea; Depression; Eczema; Eating disorders; Fatigue/tiredness; Fibromyalgia; Food intolerances; Frequent infections e.g. bladder, thrush, chest, ear; Hiatus hernia or heartburn/reflux; Hyperventilation or shortness of breath; IBS/colitis/spastic colon; Insomnia; Interstitial cystitis; ME/CFS: Migraines; Nausea or vomiting; Numbness, itching, burning, tingling; Other skin problems; Obsessive, compulsive thoughts; Palpitations, rapid heart rate/low BP; Phobias; Prostrate problems; Pain in the pelvic region; Raynaud’s disease; Reflex Sympathetic Disorder; Repetitive cough; Restless leg Syndrome; Repetitive Strain Injury; Self-mutilation or self-cutting; Spastic bladder; Stomach – ulcers, reflux, heartburn; Swallowing difficulties or gagging; Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome; Tendonitis; Tension headache; Tinnitus; Trigeminal Neuralgia; Ulcer symptoms; Undiagnosed chest pain; Vertigo/dizziness; Verrucas and/or warts; Vitiligo
DISCLAIMER: Some conditions may have a more serious cause and in order to diagnose and then safely treat a condition as stress-induced, it is necessary to have these ruled out first by a medical practitioner. e.g. cancer, infection, fracture, autoimmune disorders.
It is highly recommended that you read Dr Sarno’s book and become familiar with the TMS concept before booking a session with a TMS therapist. If you are not one of those that has read the book and was immediately better, or you are finding that the pain has shifted to another part of the body, or is showing up as a different stress symptom, then you would benefit from working on a one-to-one basis with a TMS trained therapist who can help you identify the emotions and stresses behind the pain and create a plan unique to you.
Do you recognise these stress-inducing personality traits?
These personality traits tend to cause stress which can show up as pain in the body:
High expectations of yourself; Perfectionist; Conscientious; Analytical; Overly responsible; Reliable; Competitive; Driven; Strong drive to be helpful; Non-confrontational; Need to be in control; Self critical; People-pleaser; Need to be good and/or liked; Need to be right; Resentful; Low self-esteem; Feeling anxious.
What does the TMS Program Involve?
A key element of the program is education of TMS, and then working on strategies unique to you to help you out of stress, pain and anxiety.
The strategies cover physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health. Each week we will follow up on the changes that have occurred and set goals for the next set of steps to take in order to take back control of your health.