I am a massage therapist as well as an occasional back pain suffer. i've read commended this book to clients for years and have seen miraculous results.this book is written from the point of view of an orthopedic surgeon and provides a tremendous insight into the pain cycle that keeps so many of us trapped.stop browsing, buy this book, listen to it, then listen to it again, then watch your life change. It's audible, so the returns are as easy as a phone call to their excellent customer service department; if you don't like it, you get either your money or your subscriber's credit back.
The many positive reviews, combined with a "20-20" TV-journalism piece praising the doc., compelled me to try this in spite of my skepticism and my friends' bemusement, but my moderate lumbar stenosis has not dissipated in light of the doctor's claims that back pain is caused by the repression of rage. Maybe this is true for some people with milder symptoms, but it didn't work for me.
I have listened to it and Dr Sarno's other 2 books all day long for 5 weeks ago. It has healed my back pain and more. It also healed my husband's back pain and several friends of mine who got the book after I told them about it.
Loved it all equally.
I listened to all 3, but I think his last one The Divided Mind was my favorite.
Life Is Full of Pain
Please thank Dr. Sarno for saving my life!
It changed my life! And it will do the same for you, I guarantee it!!
I went from barely being able to perform any physical activity to running every day! I was in pain all the time, and now barely ever think about it, my whole life has change… If you are reading these reviews it means you have back pain, if so then stop here and buy the book! Cause worst case you lose $13, best case it will change everything about your life!
I recommend Dr. Sarno and his work to anyone who suffers chronic pain of any kind.
A number of the case examples strike to the core. His explanation of TMS, and how it works is very clear.
That it is Dr. Sarno himself who reads the book that really makes it good. He has a kind but authoritative voice, and his concern for his patients is obvious.
I suggest listening to the book in conjunction with reading his other book, 'The Mind-Body Prescription'. As soon as you accept the truth of what he is saying, you will be free of pain. It worked for me after 20 years and having tried everything else.
I understand why some reviewers are skeptical, but they don't seem to grasp the basic concept, that it is the KNOWLEDGE of TMS that breaks the pain chain. Once you 'get it' you are free.
I recommend you keep a journal and really drill down into all the things that cause you anger, resentment, stress, and anxiety. Do so while keeping in mind the personality traits that often lend themselves to TMS. You'll be surprised how much gunk bubbles up. As you do this while considering everything Dr. Sarno speaks about, at some point the nickel drops, and you're home free.
this is really not very helpfull. It tells you why but doesnt tell you how to fix anything.
Over all try a natural/spiritual healing. Most physical problems come from your head.
Serano offers a fairly simplistic approach to pain management, i.e. as soon as you realize that your pain is psychological it will go away. While he makes some interesting points, I also think that he might be taking things too far. While he starts off with a medical disclaimer urging people to get appropriate diagnoses for their ails, this is but a wink and a nod to his lawyer, as he goes on to question most ills, attributing injuries to emotional factors. While I am a huge believer in mind body medicine and think that mental awareness helps with any condition, I am also unwilling to let go of the idea that injury is possible. Maybe I am wrong and am doomed to a life of pain (at least for the next few days). Unfortuneately, I know that I hurt myself and so it seems logical that there is a cause and effect relationship. It might be violating Hakim's razor to look for a more deep-seated and complicated emotional reason for every pain that crops up. The human body is afterall a biological/mechanical system too. I could blame all my pains on my co-workers, friends, family etc., but really ibuprophen is quicker, cheaper and easier....
save your money and find a doctor who does not only think that pain is all in your head.
this book bla bla bla with no help if Any
I am finding a pain clinic and someone who cares
this doctor thinks its as simple as saying it is all in your mind and you can just wish it a way :(
The author keeps giving more and more examples of conditions that he believes are psychosomatic in nature, at least as far as pain experiences, but he doesn't go into much explanation for what to do to deal with these emotional or psychological issues. It seems like he's just saying tell yourself there is nothing wrong with you, and go get psychotherapy. I was really hoping for more than that. He also doesn't give specific information for studies or research he brings up. Maybe the hard copy book cites that stuff, but the audio book doesn't. Also even though the book is geared towards lay people, I was hoping for a little more hard science explanation to back up his claims.
The divided mind.
Nothing special. I do enjoy having self help books narrated by the author. It gives it a more genuine authenticity to the material. Compared to reading the book, I don't know.