After the recent post, I received several comments about Dr. Sarno’s treatment and diagnosis strategies for chronic back pain. The feedback was all over the map. I must admit several people expressed extreme gratitude for the help they’ve received from either visiting Dr. Sarno in person at his clinic in New York, or from reading one of his many top selling books.
A few folks offered some suggestions for other unconventional treatments for back pain that have been helpful to them, including something called movement therapy. This looks interesting and is likely something I’ll want to write more about on the blog. The premise of movement therapy is quite simple–and in some ways similar to that of Dr. Sarno. Movement therapy suggests that the area has had no blood flow, and as a result has become stiff and painful. Much of the problem can be remedied simply by getting moving and getting the area healthy again.
This approach, though different than we discussed previously, shares some common ground with the Rusk Institute Approach. One of the required activities for treatment includes getting back to your old activities and not be afraid of the pain. Many patients find that, indeed, when they start moving it may hurt initially but doesn’t seem to get any worse, and eventually they’re able to move much more than they previously thought they could.
Additionally, a few asked where you could go see Dr. Sarno. He practiced in New York and though the clinic is still there, he is retired. The man is afterall in his 90′s. While you can no longer see him in person, you can read his books, or you can see other doctors around the country who handle chronic pain the same way. Many actually studied under him to learn how and many had pain themselves that was cured the same way.
For those looking for more information, you can find a great online course here. There’s also a website called TMSWiki that has all kinds of great resources on TMS–it’s quite impressive really. There you can also find a doctor near you and read interviews and even take a course they have for free on the website that was created and donated by a doctor.
Recently, we came across an on line program in the UK that’s for treating all kinds of stress related illness, but mainly pain. It looks really promising and we’ll report back to you once someone has had a chance to sign up for it and see what it’s all about. At nearly $300 USD, it’s not cheap, so definitely something we want to look into before recommending.
In the mean time, we confidently endorse the MindbodySchool program.