– Your Pain Specialist
I am a Physiotherapist by profession and I believe that it was my refusal to accept that the best we could do was to just help patients learn how to cope with their chronic pain which led to my coming across the pioneering work of John Sarno MD. I had also become increasingly frustrated with how so often patients’ symptoms didn’t conform to any physical diagnoses and finally Dr Sarno’s theory about Tension Myoneural Syndrome, or TMS, answered all my questions. Not only that, but recognising how and why my own recurring pain conditions occurred, I was able to resolve my own pain completely.
When initially trying to find out more about this work I realised there was no-one in the UK or Europe who was specialising in this field. I therefore contacted Dr Sarno and in 2007 visited him to learn more about his work. Since that time I have returned to the United States for conferences and have developed close links with other leaders in the field, while also becoming involved with the efforts to raise the profile of this work worldwide.
Excitingly not only is the evidence growing, but there is also a large body of evidence demonstrating why focusing on psychosocial factors can help in pain resolution. These also explain why, when they are not addressed, the focus will be on management, rather than recovery. Check out an annotated bibliography of relevant references HERE