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Discussion in 'General Discussion Subforum' started by samanthaloveslife, Mar 8, 2012.

  1. samanthaloveslife

    samanthaloveslife New Member

    Has anyone read the Adam Heller book/workbook - "Zero Pain Now'? Or has anyone visited him in person? I came across a radio interview with him on the web. He names TMS as Diversion Pain Syndrome.
    When I looked into his background he has trained in Timeline Therapy and NLP.
    I wondered if he uses Timeline Therapy in his treament sessions and has anyone tried this with any success/experiences to share?

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  2. Forest

    Forest Beloved Grand Eagle

    Heya, Samantha.

    I just ordered his book and workbook through Amazon (to preserve my objectivity and because of my role in the wiki, I don't accept complimentary copies of books). I try to keep up to date on all of the different authors out there for my work at the wiki. I'll get them on Monday and will be happy to tell you what I think once I have a chance to take a look at them.

    It looks like his work is very much inspired by Dr. Sarno and consistent with his teachings. In the second paragraph of his essay entitled "Can You Cure Your Chronic Pain Today," he writes,

    I thought that the following video about Timeline Therapy was interesting:

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  3. samanthaloveslife

    samanthaloveslife New Member

    Hey Forest,
    Thanks again for your insight into this. During the radio interview that I listened to on the web (I have not worked out how to post the link yet but anyone interested can search this) Adam Heller says that he has a faster 'cure' of TMS (or "Diversion Pain Syndrome") than Dr Sarno, which led me to believe that he may use Time Line Therapy or NLP in his treatment. I am only guessing though. also he claims to have 100% success rate.
    Thanks for postingthe link above to Time Line Therapy. I had seen this and found it interesting how the process works at uncovering the repressed emotions.
    I will look forward to your views on the book Forest, once you have had a chance to have a look at it.
  4. Enrique

    Enrique Well known member

    Interesting... I've never heard of Adam Heller. I'll have to check this out, too.
  5. Forest

    Forest Beloved Grand Eagle

    I just got Heller's book and will begin to read it tonight. I did flip through a couple pages of it, and it does look like he uses the Time Line Therapy and NLP method. I am a little curious as to how he incorporates these into his treatment. I will keep people posted on it. It's always interesting to have another voice/book out there on TMS.
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  6. Enrique

    Enrique Well known member

    I'm curious about Time Line Therapy, too. Keep us posted.
  7. samanthaloveslife

    samanthaloveslife New Member

    Thanks Forest,I will be most interested. I hae ordered the book too but will take a few weeks to get here.
    I am going to a TimeLine Therapy Seminar this weekend so I will see it in action and report my findings!
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  8. Forest

    Forest Beloved Grand Eagle

    I have read through most of Zero Pain Now, and it is pretty good. While Adam Heller is not doctor, he speaks as a person who had TMS and was able to recover. His recover story, which he tells early on, is powerful stuff. It sounded like he went through a lot and was able to use the TMS principles to overcome it. Like other authors, Heller uses a different term. Instead of TMS, he uses DPS or Diversion Pain Syndrome, which I think is pretty easy for people to grasp. Sarno does come up quite often throughout the book as being a pioneer in the treatment of chronic pain.

    The first half or so of the book seems to be designed to really help people accept the diagnosis, which is great because accepting TMS is a huge part of recovering. He adds a lot of great success stories in the middle of the book as well, and the book has a very personal feel to it. It seems like his general approach is that once people accept the diagnosis and begin to think psychological, their symptoms will fade away. He actually mentions several times that almost all of his clients become pain free within one session with him. I'm not entirely sure how accurate that is, but I am always amazed at just how effective the TMS approach is in treating chronic pain.

    So far the book itself doesn't really get to specific treatment approaches people can do to overcome DPS, or TMS, on their own. He mentions that every paragraph and sentence is written in a specific way to help people recover and that there might be grammatical errors. It sort of reminded me of The Presence Process and how reading the book was the treatment itself.

    This might change near the end of the book, so I may give everyone an update about this when I finish the book. There is a Zero Pain Now workbook that people can also get, and that seems to have that structured treatment plan, which would probably make it a great addition to the book. It basically contains lines for people to journal in and asks a few structured questions like Dr. Schechter's Workbook and the wiki's program. One neat thing about the workbook is that there is an email address people can send their journal entries to and possibly receive feedback from Adam Heller. Having that connection could be really helpful for some people.

    I am curious as to how the book finishes, but just thought I would post some of my initial thoughts over the first 2/3 of the book. All in all it is a good read and does a solid job at introducing the concepts.
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  9. samanthaloveslife

    samanthaloveslife New Member

    Hi Forest,

    Thank you for your update on the book. Always interesting to hear others thoughts. Do you any further updates on the remainder of the book?
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  10. Pandamonium

    Pandamonium Well known member

    Very interesting and great to have another tool in the box to beat TMS ;)
  11. Pandamonium

    Pandamonium Well known member

    Very interesting and great to have another tool in the box to beat TMS pain.
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  12. dabatross

    dabatross Well known member

    this is really interesting a book i have called "eye yoga" i bought it because it talks about the connection between the brain and the eyes since i have eye problems. the first half of the book is the usual physical eye exercises that i went through already but thats not why i bought it. i wanted to understand the connection better between mind and body and this book deals with it in my specific case. anyhow they mention something called "Time Dimension Therapy" in the book and its pretty much what you're talking about here with Time Line Therapy. It's visualizing going back to events in your past and reimagining them (I dont know if I read the description in the book correctly but this is what I got from it). I was thinking about giving this technique a try as well but Im working on 3 techniques right now as it is so I want to give those a chance to work first.

    Its interesting to me that some behavorial optometrists actually believe there is a stress/mindbody connection with the eyes. Almost all doctors that I've met think that there has to be something physically wrong causing your pain but when I was done with vision therapy, at the end of the 6 months, I told my optometrist that I was going to pursue psychological means of treating this problem. He said that sounds like a good idea. I remember having some bad days during Thanksgiving weekend because I was under stress from being with my fiance's family and when I asked him about this the Monday afterwards why I had so much pain even though I wasn't doing computer work he said "Were you under stress this weekend?"
  13. kathy

    kathy Newcomer

    Hi, Forest -
    Did you ever finish Zero Pain Now?
    If so, what do you think about it?
    Have you visited Adam Heller's website?
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