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The Mindbody Prescription: Healing the Body, Healing the Pain

3.99 of 5 stars 3.99  ·  rating details  ·  582 ratings  ·  84 reviews
Dr. John E. Sarno's Healing Back Pain is a New York Times bestseller that has helped over 500,000 readers. Continuing the research since his ground-breaking book, the renowned physician now presents his most complete work yet on the vital connection between mental and bodily health.... Musculoskeletal pain disorders have reached epidemic proportions in the United States, w ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published October 1st 1999 by Grand Central Publishing (first published 1998)
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Mark Dickson
Let me preface this review with the fact that the rating doesn't apply to Sarno's theory--that many physical ailments have mental causes--but rather to the book itself--to its execution. I feel like I could have gotten everything I needed from this book in the first chapter alone; the rest fel like overwrought redundancy, Sarno laundry-listing all of the ailments that are maybe/possibly/definitely rooted in mental causes.

I should preface this doubly with the suggestion that this may, in fact, bu
Stefan Kanev
I'm reluctant to rate this book. It sounds very convincing and both the symptoms and history of my RSI issues fit the narrative perfectly, but I feel I should give it a fair shot before having an opinion.

It's basically a very simple idea. A lot of chronic pain problems, (usually related with the back and the upper body) are caused by stress-induced tension, as opposed to serious structural anomalies/deviations/problems. Thus, treatment should be focus on psychological issues and not on physical
Aleksander Skjæveland Larsen
This book is utter nonsense. In the book, the author complains his paper was rejected 7 times from different scientific publications. It
is my suspicion this was due to serious scientific mistakes, as the
book shows the author does not master this skill.

At one point he finds it incredible that occurrence of RSI was increased by 467% between 1989 and 1994. I fail to see why this is problematic; use of home computers exploded in this period. You would expect people spending too much time at the keyb
amazing book for dealing with physical pain. Could not walk on my leg, had all tests done, was babying it. Book suggested to address it as caused by hidden rage - I did - leg's all better. WOW.

If you have migraines, aches and pains, shooting pain in arms, hands related to use of computers (carpel tunnel)...READ it....IF you are willing to accept the idea that - if tests have been done and there is no physical cause of the pain to be found - that the pain is cased by your brain.
Jan 03, 2012 Stephane rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Stephane by: Heard about on Rosie Radio
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A life changing read! This book truly connects the dots between the mind and the body. It shines a spotlight on the impact emotional stress can have on the physical body. I suffered from back pain for many years prior to reading this book. That pain is now gone and when I feel it starting to return, I now know it is a sign that I need to deal with emotional stress. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who suffers from chronic pain.
Paul Lyons
TMS: Tension Myositis Syndrome is relatively new term that few doctors are aware of, or want to be aware of. Thankfully Dr. John E. Sarno has brought this fascinating, frustrating mysterious condition to light. Dr. Sarno's 1998 book "The Mindbody Prescription: Healing the Body, Healing the Pain" functions in a very special manner, in that educates and heals at the very same time. It's value goes beyond traditional study of what makes a book good or bad, in that it is the equivalent of medicine v ...more
Travis Callender
Theory of Tension Myositis Syndrome (TMS)
The unconscious mind may avoid dealing with painful emotions of rage, sadness, shame, etc. through causing a pain syndrome in the body, thereby distracting the conscious mind’s attention to the physical pain rather than the emotional pain. The mind achieves this through constricting blood vessels and causing local anoxia/ischemia. The areas most typically effected are the postural muscles, tendons and nerves (e.g. back pain, neck pain, sciatica); but red
4 stars is pending results in 2 months
I've seen this recommended by so many people; he also has a book strictly on back pain. Found it today for $1 at Half Price Books. I've heard so many testimonials about the roots and cures of back pain, which are backed up by what both MDs and DVMs know but don't understand... that the severity of radiological lesions in no way correlates with the severity of clinical pain in spinal disorders. Add to that the mysteries of the related pain syn
Sep 20, 2014 Melisa rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone
A life changer because it changed the way I view physical aches and pains. I mean the little aches and the excruciating pains: back pain, stomach aches, searing headaches, lingering pain from physical injuries. Get this: we find it easier to handle physical pain then sit with fear, sadness, grief. Yup, it's true. Only way to find out is use/follow the book to bring yourself some relief from what ails you.

Dustin Davis
I have the audio book. I listened to it all once through and started getting immediate relief to 10 years worth of RSI in my wrists. The pain then moved to my upper back as the book said to expect. Then to my lower back. After a month the pain finally went away. It sprang up again number times over the next couple of years. Every time it did I would listen to chapter 9 on my train ride commutes.

Also, I have herniated my L5-S1 disc twice. It is ruptured. My neurosurgeon is amazed from my MRIs tha
Megan Cardon
Apr 06, 2011 Megan Cardon rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone that has any type of pain
Recommended to Megan by: My doctor
I have all sorts of pains in my body that are pretty much unexplained, including chronic headaches. This book has helped me deal with these pains. I suggest this book to anyone who has issues with pain. It is one of those things that might not work for everyone but I say it is worth a try.
Dr. Sarno explains how the brain uses pain in the body by finding weaknesses to distract us from emotional pain. Very good at helping us see how the mind and body are connected. Highly recommend to anyone experience pain.
Rosemary Brown
Laura here. I read this on Dr. Brown's recommendation, and I was more than impressed—I was healed.

Sarno documents the power of the unconscious mind to cause physical pain and illness as a diversion from difficult emotion. Here, he talks mostly about his work with back pain. Many people find that their pain goes away just from reading the book, because once you understand what's going on, the game is over: the mechanism is no longer unconscious, and so your brain gives it up. It happened to me! S
Dr. Sarno totally has my number. I dip into this book or one of his other offerings therapeutically whenever I start to get an ominous twinge or ache. Good to have on hand right next to your Merck Manual.
This is an awesome book. I read it quickly, and want to re-read it. It has only a few things to actually do, but just the knowledge alone is very helpful and eye-opening.
This book will blow your mind if you have any chronic pain syndromes. Migraines, Fibromyalgia, depression, anything. This man is genius!
First reaction - hmmm, this is an arrogant one! Just talking to him can make your pain go away. He claims to have been successfully treating, for over 24 years, an emotionally induced physical disorder know as Tension Myositis Syndrome (TMS). Sarno is a professor of clinical rehabilitation medicine, not a pyschiatrist, or a psychologist, but most of the references he has are to well known specialists in both areas. His focus is back pain, mostly lower back pain, so not much of it relates to the ...more
This book changed my life. I had been to multiple doctors, specialists, hospitals, etc. I had been diagnosed multiple times.. tried multiple different medicines..etc. One doctor suggested to me that stress may have something to do with it..I was OUTRAGED..I used to wake up out of a dead sleep with these ailments..There was NO WAY my thoughts were causing this..I started searching online forums for people like me.. I found someone who suggested this book and read it with an open mind..The cure fo ...more
Jeneba Charkey
Hope everyone feels better. As to the book? It risks inviting people to avoid competent medical or alternative healing modalities. While the message about the mind-body connection is important, people really can, and often do, get injured in ways that have nothing to do with subliminal rage.
Having gone through many sessions and methodologies to try to combat lower back pain, I had this book suggested (by a fellow sufferer) when I was going to a pain management doctor. I have since read it completely twice and sections other times, and I feel that this doctor has definite possibilities when he states that a lot of pain is created by our bodies when we are undergoing various stresses. I think that he has something going here, and have utilized it from time to time. And, no, I have no ...more
Karen Gray
All I can say is that if anyone cares about health physically, psychologically, spiritually or otherwise, I highly recommend. Dr. Sarno's book has helped me understand more of what I've gone through with my body for the longest time. I now feel empowered and have more control over my health and healing.

Jesse Mcmeekin
Fairly revolutionary ideas about where pain comes from, but (understandably) a little heavy-handed on the self-promotion and justification of the methods and thinking involved. Ultimately certainly worth the read if you experience pain or work with those who do.
Nazareth Bergeron
I think it's a beautiful theory, that works well on the .... non-complex problems people might have in their minds... let's just say i'm not simple lol... i need stronger medicine.
Mandragyaishta Aditya
Though I'm not too crazy about the way it's written, this book provides the help I need to deal with my chonic hand pain. I'm super grateful I found this book.
If you are new to mindbody principles, it is good, if you are not, it is basic and obvious. So my rating would vary depending on who picked it up...
maybe it would convince some new comers to this now widely accepted fact, that the mind affects the body for real and not just in the old understanding of- in the 'psychosomatic' sense. But if you have already read things like Damasio, Alexander, 'When the Body Says No' or any contemporary neuroscience, don't bother. BUT if you want to recommend a bo
Peter Morville
When I first encountered this book, I had been suffering from severe back pain for months. I know it won't work for everyone, but this book cured my back. For that, I am immensely grateful.
I thought this was great! Heard about it in the April 2015 Oprah magazine. Put down the mag and went and ordered it immediately. Just fascinating. I can't believe this research and treatment hasn't gotten more visibility!
A life-changing book for people suffering from chronic pain (as I was).
Sarno became famous for his theory on the "mind body link" behind chronic back pain. In this book he extends the theory to almost any chronic pain that you can think of... to the extent that it does not feel credible. I understand that he is a controversial figure in the medical community, but he has lots of compelling case studies (more like anecdotes) which may make for interesting reading for anyone suffering from chronic pain. I certainly do feel that mind body link is underemphasized and no ...more
Greg Ehrhardt
2nd part of the first book. Amazing.
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