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TMS-related books

There are many books which have been written about the mindbody process and TMS. Below we list a few of them.


Books that have their own page on the Wiki

  • 8 Minute Meditation, by Victor Davich, 2004. A lot has been written about meditation and how to do it. This book gives a simple and understandable approach that can easily teach anyone how to meditate.
  • Back Sense, by Ronald Siegel, PsyD, Michael Urdang, and Douglas Johnson, MD, 2001. This book was written by three former back pain sufferers who were helped by Dr. Sarno's theory. They have developed an approach called "functional restoration", which helps one address stress, reduce fear and resume activity. It is well researched, citing many scientific studies which support their approach.
  • Chronic Pain: Your Key to Recovery, by Georgie Oldfield, MCSP, 2014.
  • Evolving Self Confidence, by Terry Dixon, 2008. Terry Dixon has a wealth of experience on anxiety related issues and takes you on a journey through the evolution of these problems and moves on to how to resolve them.
  • Freedom From Fibromyalgia, by Nancy Selfridge, MD. This long time doctor developed a five week program designed to help people recover from chronic pain. While its main focus is on Fibromyalgia, the structured program would be helpful to anyone suffering from a chronic condition.
  • Full Catastrophe Living, by Jon Kabat-Zinn, 1990. This world renowned author is the founder of the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, and has been featured on several media outlets including Oprah. This book outlines this 8 week course that teaches people the importance of mindful meditation and psychological thinking.
  • God Does Not Want You to Be in Pain, by Eric Watson and Walter Oleksy, 2014. Alternating between Walt and Eric's perspectives, this book contains both authors' journeys battling their chronic back pain from onset to recovery; how faith and spirituality tied into their recovery; and the techniques the authors used to overcome their TMS.
  • The Great Pain Deception, by Steven Ray Ozanich, 2012. In this book, Steven Ozanich describes his 27 year battle with chronic pain and describes how he used the TMS approach to become pain free.
  • Healing Trauma, by Peter A. Levine. This is Levine's treatment program for how to overcome traumatic experiences. It consists of helpful tips and assignments that will allow a person to release energy to recover from past traumatic events.
  • The Hidden Psychology of Pain, by James Alexander, PhD, 2012. The Hidden Psychology of Pain describes both Dr. Alexander's recover from 18 years of chronic pain, as well as the psychology driving TMS.
  • The Master Practice, by Monte Hueftle. Here Monte expands upon the treatment program developed by Dr. John Sarno. His approach seeks to help people change their thought patterns and develop new positive thought patterns.
  • Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth, by Eckhart Tolle, 2008. This book discusses the value of no longer thinking about one's selfish-ego, and the possibilities thinking of others can have on the world.
  • Pain Free for Life, by Scott Brady, MD, 2006. Dr. Brady describes his seven year ordeal with excruciating back pain. He was finally able to recover after finding the work of Dr. Sarno. He developed a 6 week program that addresses the body, mind and spirit in relation to recovering from chronic pain. Dr. Brady also includes a section on spirituality. Check out the spirituality wiki page
  • Pathways to Pain Relief, by Frances Sommer Anderson, PhD, SEP and Eric Sherman, PsyD. Pathways to Pain Relief is the first book written by any of Dr. Sarno's most trusted TMS therapists, and provides a detailed account of the TMS personality and psychology. The book is comprised of a series of case studies showing how TMS develops, and how people can recover from it.
  • The Pathway: Follow the Road to Health and Happiness, by Laurel Mellin, 2003. The Pathway describes the process of learning to set limits and nurture yourself from within, and describes the emotional well-balance that follows.
  • The PEAR Process, by Olivia Stefanino. This is an audio program that guides you through five steps to emotional wellness.
  • The Presence Process, by Michael Brown, 2005. This book follows the same principles of Eckhart Tolle's The Power of Now but is a simple, direct, how-to manual to finish your emotional past so that you can stop reacting to it and live in the present moment. Involves meditation. Follow and join our current http://www.tmswiki.org/forum/threads/the-presence-process-share-experiences-ask-questions.5173/ discussion of the Presence Process], or read through the older discussion about the Presence Process here.
  • Rapid Recovery From Back and Neck Pain, by Fred Amir, 1999. In this book Fred Amir outlines the approach he used in healing himself of his own battle with TMS.
  • SIRPA Recovery CD, by Georgie Oldfield, MCSP. This CD includes general information about TMS, a description of Georgie's recovery program, and the testimonials of four people who have recovered from their pain using the program.
  • Teach Us to Sit Still, by Tim Parks, 2010. Author Tim Parks wrote this autobiography about his battle with chronic pain and how he recovered from it.
  • They Can't Find Anything Wrong, by Dave Clarke, MD, 2007. Dr. Clarke writes about his experience treating patients with what he calls "Stress Illness". He has found that by interviewing his patients and helping them to identify the major stresses in their life, they are able to resolve previously, chronic health issues.
  • Unlearn Your Pain, by Howard Schubiner, MD, 2010. This book outlines Dr. Schubiner's program that reverses chronic pain by understanding that pain is cause by nerve sensitization and learned nerve pathways, instead of actual tissue damage. The book contains writing exercises, a CD with four meditations, and a variety of other materials that help people unlearn their pain
  • Use Your Mind to Heal Your Body, by Stephen Conenna, 2013. In this book, former Dr. Sarno patient, Stephen Conenna, describes his struggle with chronic pain, and how he used the TMS approach to recover.
  • Waking the Tiger, by Peter Levine, 1997. This book asks and answers an intriguing question: why are animals in the wild, though threatened routinely, rarely traumatized? By understanding the dynamics that make wild animals virtually immune to traumatic symptoms, the mystery of human trauma is revealed.
  • The Warrior Mind, by Jim Pritchard, 2005. The author uses his life experiences in order to teach the reader of his 6 energies which can empower you to overcome challenges without being locked into a negative mind-set.
  • The Way of the Journal, by Kathleen Adams, 1998. This is a 10 day journal workbook that teaches different techniques and helps a person develop the necessary skills to journal effectively.
  • What to Say When You Talk to Yourself, by Shed Helmstetter, 1987. This book teaches quick and easy methods to stop unwanted thinking/behavior patterns.
  • Writing to Heal, by James W. Pennebaker, 2004. Pennebaker lays out a detailed journaling program designed to help individuals overcome traumatic experiences. The approaches in this book were developed through Pennebaker's own research into therapeutic writing.

TMS books by John E. Sarno, MD

  • Mind over Back Pain, by John Sarno, MD, 1982. In this book, Dr. Sarno outlines the theory of TMS (Tension Myositis Syndrome) and describes his experience treating patients successfully.
  • Healing Back Pain: The Mind-Body Connection, by John Sarno, MD, 1991. In his second book, Dr. Sarno explains his theory of TMS, and describes the treatment approach that has been effective with his patients. This book is a good one to start with since it is easier to read and understand for some. He expands on his previous book and lays out a treatment program that has helped thousands of readers recover from years of pain.
  • The Mindbody Prescription: Healing the Body, Healing the Pain, by John Sarno, MD, 1998. Dr. Sarno adds information that has come to light during his clinical practice. This book is detailed about the psychology thought to cause the chronic pain syndromes and describes the many other chronic health issues that can occur for the same reason. The treatment program is added to as well.
  • The Divided Mind: The Epidemic of Mindbody Disorders, by John Sarno, MD, 2006. In his most recent book, Dr. Sarno continues to add some information to the theory he developed more that 30 years ago. He credits his patients for continuing to teach him how and why these pain syndromes develop as well as the most effective ways to resolve them. This book has some interesting case studies and chapters written by other TMS physicians in various specialties, which add a valuable perspective.

TMS books by other authors

Do not add your own book to this list.

  • Unlearn Your Pain by Howard Schubiner MD, 2010. This book outlines Dr. Schubiner's program that reverses chronic pain by understanding that pain is cause by nerve sensitization and learned nerve pathways, instead of actual tissue damage. The book contains writing exercises, a CD with four meditations, and a variety of other materials that help people unlearn their pain well from this condition.
  • They Can't Find Anything Wrong by Dave Clarke MD. Dr. Clarke writes about his experience treating patients with what he calls "Stress Illness". He has found that by interviewing his patients and helping them to identify the major stresses in their life, they are able to resolve previously, chronic health issues.
  • Back Sense by Ronald Siegel PsyD, Michael Urdang, and Douglas Johnson MD. Written by three former back pain sufferers who, helped by Dr. Sarno's theory, have developed an approach called "functional restoration" which helps one address stress, reduce fear and resume activity. It is well researched, citing many scientific studies which support their approach.
  • Freedom From Fibromyalgia by Nancy Selfridge, MD and Franklynn Peterson. Both authors recovered from fibromyalgia using Dr. Sarno's approach. They have developed a program to help patients recover.
  • The Great Pain Deception by Steven Ray Ozanich, 2012. In this book, Steve describes his 27 year battle with chronic pain and describes how he used the TMS approach to become pain free.
  • Pain Free for Life by Scott Brady, 2006. Dr. Brady describes his 7 year ordeal with excruciating back pain. He was finally able to recover after finding the work of Dr. Sarno. He developed a 6 week program that addresses the body, mind and spirit in relation to recovering from chronic pain. Dr. Brady also includes a section on spirituality. Check out the spirituality page on the wiki for more information.
  • To Be or Not To Be...Pain Free by Marc D. Sopher MD
  • Rapid Recovery From Back and Neck Pain by Fred Amir
  • The Master Practice, by Monte Hueftle. Monte expands upon the treatment program developed by Dr. John Sarno. His approach seeks to help people change their thought patterns and develop new positive thought patterns.
  • SIRPA Recovery CD by Georgie Oldfield MCSP
  • Back in Control by David Hanscom MD
  • The Meaning of Truth by Nicole Sachs LCSW, 2013.
  • Chronic Pain: Your Key to Recovery by Georgie Oldfield MCSP, 2014.
  • Think Away Your Pain by David Schechter MD, 2014.

Structured TMS Programs

Do not add your own program to this list.

Complementary books most recommended by TMS sufferers

  • What to Say When You Talk to Yourself by Shad Helmstetter (this book teaches quick and easy methods to stop unwanted thinking/behaviour patterns)
  • You Heal Your Life Gift by Louise Hay (The message of this book is that we are each responsible for our own reality and "dis-ease." Hay believes we make ourselves ill by having thoughts of self-hatred. She includes a directory of ailments and emotional causes for each with a corresponding affirmation to help overcome the illness)
  • The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle (Tolle introduces readers to enlightenment and its natural enemy, the mind. He awakens readers to their role as a creator of pain and shows them how to have a pain-free identity by living fully in the present. Oprah Winfrey and Eckhart Tolle developed a very detailed, chapter by chapter web course on a more recent book by Tolle entitled "A New Earth.")
  • The Presence Process by Michael Brown (This book follows the same principles of Eckhart Tolle's The Power of Now but this is a simple, direct, how-to manual to finish your emotional past so that you can stop reacting to it and live in the present moment. Involves meditation.)
Join our discussion of the Presence Process. You can also read through an older discussion of the Presence Process here

Complementary books by other authors

Neuroscience

  • The Mysterious Underpinnings of Emotional Life by Joseph Ledoux. Joseph LeDoux, a professor at the Center for Neural Science at New York University, has written the most comprehensive examination to date of how systems in the brain work in response to emotions, particularly fear. He also offers findings and theories on how the brain handles--and in many cases, buries--extremely traumatic experiences.

How thoughts and emotions can influence our health

  • When The Body Says No by Gabor Mate, M.D. (This Vancouver physician and health writer gives us the latest research on how emotions, thoughts, the nervous system, immune system and hormones work together to create health or illness. He has worked extensively with cancer and multiple sclerosis patients.)
  • Peace, Love & Healing by Bernie S. Siegel, M.D. (Dr. Siegel has witnessed and written extensively about the healing power of love. He works with many cancer patients, but believes the mind and heart can play a part in all healings. He repeats a message throughout, even more important than curing a disease, is to heal your life.)
  • The Power of Your Subconscious Mind by Joseph Murphy (The book elucidates simple exercises as to how one can heal oneself and others; think positively to elevate one's life to peace and tranquility; visualize what one wants to attain and have it; and how to get rid of negative thoughts)
  • The Anatomy of Hope: How People Prevail in the Face of Illness (Groopman, an oncologist, describes how he recovered from 20 years of pain and shows how hope, belief and expectations can alter the course of our lives,and even of our physical body. He does so with science, example and humanness.
  • The Power Within You by Louise Hay (How to overcome emotional barriers through learning to listen to your inner voice, loving the child within, letting your true feelings out, and much more)
  • The Pathway: Follow the Road to Health and Happiness by Laurel Mellin (The Pathway describes the process of learning to set limits and nurture yourself from within, and describes the emotional well-balance that follows. Finding that balance removes the drive to do things to excess such as overeating, overspending or drinking too much).
  • Your Body Believes Every Word You Say by Barbara Hoberman Levine (Levine describes how words can affect our health. She begins with her own dramatic story of healing from a brain tumor, and the lessons it taught her. It led her into an investigation of what makes people well and ill, and to look at the many scientific studies that show the link between language and disease. It shows us the things that are entirely under our own control when it comes to our health)
  • Forgiveness: The Greatest Healer of All by Gerald G. Jampolsky and Neale Donald Walsch (Describes the causes of being unforgiving, how the mind works in this process, and the ultimate negative effects this attitude can exert on one's body and life in general)
  • Radical Acceptance by Tara Brach (Brach describes how our culture "trains us" to suppress uncomfortable emotions. This book helps us get in touch and accept and welcome them - and move through the uncomfortable ones, to a place of greater peace. Involves meditation)
  • Focusing by Eugene Gendlin ("Focusing" gives the guidance to holistically find the source of fears, anxiety, and negativity. It guides the reader to a place where he/she can sit and listen to the body speak of the source of a problem's manifestation. Helps the reader seeking a deeper understanding of why we sometimes feel the way we do.
  • Power Your Subconscious Mind by Joseph Murphy (Learn the differences between your conscious and subconscious minds, how to get your subconscious to work for you, how to eliminate negative thoughts and beliefs, why and how it can make you healthy)
  • The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron (a comprehensive twelve-week program to recover your creativity from a variety of blocks, including limiting beliefs, fear, self-sabotage, jealousy, guilt, addictions)
  • Facing the Fire: Experiencing and Expressing Anger Appropriately by John Lee (describes how repressing anger can have profound effects on personal health and guides readers step by step through the process of getting past their fears)
  • The Pear Process by Olivia Stefanino is an audio programme that guides you through five steps to emotional wellness. Read more...
  • Who Switched Off My Brain?: Controlling Toxic Thoughts and Emotions by Caroline Leaf. The book is easy to read and is very interesting. Really explains the functioning of the brain and how our thoughts and emotions effect our health.Dr. Leaf explains how you can contol toxic thoughts through simple techniques
  • Steering by Starlight: Find Your Right Life, No Matter What! by Martha Beck
  • Jim Pritchard - The Warrior Mind by Jim Pritchard. The author uses his wealth of life experiences in order to teach the reader of his 6 energies which can empower you to overcome challenges without being locked into a negative mind-set. Read more...

Alternative therapy

  • Anatomy of an Illness as Perceived by the Patient by Norman Cousins. Diagnosed with an incurable autoimmune condition, rheumatoid arthritis, Mr. Cousins designed his own treatment plan involving high doses of vitamin C and "Laughter therapy". He found that 10 minutes of hearty laughter would give him 2 hours of pain relief with no medication. With the support of his physician, he continued this treatment plan and eventually recovered from the condition.

Dealing with anxiety and stress

Understanding relationships

  • Drama of the Gifted Child by Alice Miller (a short book written from a personal perspective describing how children suppress and repress their emotions so that they are more accepted by their parents. Recommended to help you to cope with and MOVE PAST the legacy and wounds your parents accidentally left you with)
  • Codependent No More: How to Stop Controlling Others and Start Caring for Yourself by Melanie Beattie. This book will help people in alcoholic or abusive relationships or any other dependent relationship. If you feel responsible for other people or feel it is your responsiblity to help other people solve their problems this book will help you understand why you feel how you feel and how to go about fixing it.
  • Healing the Daughters of Narcissistic Mothers: by Karyl McBride. This book exposes the psychological effects of living with a narcissistic mother, explains why boy siblings may be treated differently, and provides useful steps for healing from the wounds we suffer when we are raised by a non-nurturing mother. Also provides parenting tips for the children of narcissistic parents.

General

  • The Lost Art of Healing by Dr Bernard Lown. Too many well-trained, well-credentialed doctors fail to take a careful patient history, indulge in rampant overuse of technology and excessively prescribe drugs that result in death or disability, charges Lown, a cardiologist and professor emeritus at Harvard Medical School. In these gracefully written essays, full of interesting vignettes and case studies drawn from his 45 years of practice, he urges doctors to practice attentive listening, to desist from using intimidating language and to pay attention to the emotional stresses in patients' lives.

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