This is the official thread for Section 1 (Introduction) of the TMS Recovery Program donated by Alan Gordon of the Pain Psychology Center (PPC). Neither Alan nor the PPC necessarily endorses this thread or any of the viewpoints presented in it. Please keep these official threads on topic and put your best thoughts down, as these threads will be read by many people. All posts in this thread should all relate to section 1 of the TMS Recovery Program: http://www.tmswiki.org/ppd/TMS_Recovery_Program#Introduction In section 1, Alan writes the following: Introduction If you aren't yet familiar with the TMS approach, the following article provides a quick introduction. However, if you already know the basic concepts, you can skip to the next section. Miracles of Mindbody Medicine The Miracles of Mindbody Medicine article is terrific and provides a basic explanation of TMS, but I think it’s a mistake to suggest those who know about TMS skip reading it. I think it is a very important “short course” in TMS knowledge that is good to repeat. Even if you already know the basic concepts I strongly encourage reading the article to refresh and reinforce your TMS knowledge. Summary of the article: The Mindbody Connection. How emotions cause the mind to create pain symptoms in the body. The Puzzle of Pain. How doctors and psychologists have come to recognize the connection between the mind and physical pain symptoms. Whiplash. Studies have determined that it is psychological, not structural. Back Pain. Even if structural damage is diagnosed, the cause may well be psychological and not structural. The Physiology of Pain. The auto nervous system controls the circulation of blood in the body and reduces blood flow to certain muscles, nerves, and ligaments. This causes less oxygen to the tissues which creates pain. The Purpose of TMS pain. It is to distract us from discovering hidden or repressed emotions and/or personality traits such as perfectionism and “goodism,” wanting everyone to like us. Treatment of TMS. The need to discover the underlying psychological causes of pain and the effect of emotions on the body. Acceptance for TMS. Accepting and believing that repressed emotions and/or our personality traits can cause physical pain. Evidence for TMS. Studies prove the mindbody connection of psychological TMS and physical pain. Future of TMS. More doctors and psychologists are treating patients with what Dr. John E. Sarno calls “TMS knowledge penicillin,” but there is still strong resistance from the vast majority of the medical profession which seeks to perpetuate the treatment of pain by continuing to focus on medication, massage, and surgery which at best often provides only temporary relief.