This is something that is talked about a lot especially in the latest book I read the Master Practice by Monte. He made a lot of good points in the book of how to reverse the pain disorder but one thing I can't fully agree on is his perception of the pain strategy. From what I read and listened to with his books and audio, he makes it seem if you do anything, and I mean anything physical to treat your body when you're in pain you're supporting the pain strategy. It's kind of like you either have to have fully psychological generated pain or fully physically generated pain there is no "on the fence" as he says. This can't be true in all cases because there are a lot of problems that can be made worse by your thoughts and emotions and that doesn't mean you're feeding the pain strategy. For instance with my chronic foot pain issue that began around 7 years ago, is it bad to stretch the muscles because I'm feeding the pain strategy by doing so? Or for my eye strain problem is it bad to stretch the eyes or do eye yoga because you're then feeding the pain strategy? It's pretty much creating more fear in my mind now in the opposite direction that if I do anything physical with my body that I'm feeding this strategy and keeping it around. In my personal case i believe I have mild eye strain caused by using the computer but its my thoughts/emotions/way of paying attention to pain that makes it significantly worse where it became chronic. Why can't TMS exist as amplifying your pain rather than having to always be the sole creator of it? I think this is also a perfectionist attitude towards it and could generate more inner tension thinking like this in black or white terms and no gray area. I fully understand that accepting the diagnosis is key to overcoming TMS but some believe that means none of the pain could possibly be generated by just doing too much of something. My brother had a moving job where he stood on his feet for 8-9 hours and he came home and said his feet hurt like hell. According to this type of theory he shouldn't treat his foot pain at all by stretching or icing or anything like that otherwise the pain strategy has him. I think there is a gray area in there where people can have TMS, accept the diagnosis and understand that their pain is caused by psychological factors but I dont believe that always has to mean that ALL of the pain is caused by TMS and TMS alone... there is such a thing as overusing the body to a point as well. Frankly reading the book made me kind of afraid to do anything now to treat my problem as Im going along because really, deep down, I dont want to feed this strategy of keeping my repressed emotions from coming out. But from what I've realized is that I dont have repressed emotions that I Just dont know about from the past but these emotions are from the way I was generating stress and pressure in my body on a daily basis with how I dealt with people, my negative feelings, my fear proned outlook on everything I did, etc. I spoke with Dr. Clarke a while ago about stress induced disorders and he said something that struck me (Im paraphrasing) "If the pain distraction theory were real, when you tried to uncover the stressful emotions that were lying beneath the pain would get worse to distract you from feeling them. In his practice and from his experience he said this is the majority of the time not the case. When you uncover/feel the stressful emotions and deal with them, the pain from diminishes or completely subsides." I want to treat TMS at its root cause which I know is psychological but I dont want to be afraid or fear doing anything physical to keep my body in shape so I dont perpetuate the "pain strategy". What are your guys thoughts on this? One of the other things mentioned was that even reading about TMS and talking on the forums like this feeds the pain strategy. I could see that if you were obsessing about the condition constantly and did nothing but research it, doubt it, fear it, but I dont see anything wrong with talking to people on this forum or others like it to build a support network to get through this problem. I dont want to have to fear that either. My true belief right now as it stands is that the pain is generated by these factors: 1. Fear 2. Attention and the way you think about the pain 3. Negative emotions and feelings that generate stress and inner tension during the day 4. Past conditioning on the way you perceive pain I understand that the strategy theory is supposed to be the brain's way of protecting you but reading about it makes it sound like the brain has some secret agenda to fight you every step of the way so you dont have to experience emotion. Considering TMS is a mind AND body disorder it seems rigid to think that its one or the other and it can never be both combined.