Hi guys, I had a few questions concerning sedentary lifestyle. This is something that I've searched for and oddly enough haven't been able to find discussions of here or many other places. I've read both The MindBody Prescription and Healing Back Pain by Sarno, perhaps Ozanich's book touches on this subject, which I've yet to read. Forgive me if this question is redundant. So, as I'm still fairly new to TMS (about 2 months now having read the books), from my understanding he suggests that we continue physical activity. To not be afraid of activity, and any pain associated from any trigger is a result of TMS, our brain (subconscious rage) trying to distract us from the rage surfacing to the top, using pain as its tool. All of this makes sense and is very understandable for me. I've had no problem returning to physical activity, it's returning to sedentary activity that causes me pain (or the trigger of what's causing me pain at least). What Sarno's book doesn't say (from what I've read) is to "continue sitting at your computer" or to "continue driving your car for hours on end". I've suffered for years with driving and sciatic/back pain, and more recently RSI symptoms from using the computer (headaches, severe neck pain, shoulder pain, arm and hand pain). I can see some emotional things attached to these events, especially the driving, but I can also understand the idea of over doing it. Prior to reading Sarno, years ago I read Pete Egoscue's Pain Free book, and Pain Free at Your PC. I've even seen a Egoscue specialist. His argument that movement and stretching is the key to being pain free is convincing, as is Sarno's argument about the mindbody connection. Egoscue's argument about the C position of the spine while working at the computer, when we should have an S position instead, not leaning forward and having to continuously hold the extra weight of the head, is also very convincing. I'm willing to accept what ever works, and perhaps I'm just struggling to learn/accept something new as I've already read Egoscue's method and Sarno's is new to me and somewhat in contrast to his work. Egoscue's method takes a lot of dedication, basically every day, and although I've gotten some success through it, I always tend to fall off the boat now and then and am unable to keep up the routine. Now, I believe this is the main blocker for me in fully accepting Sarno's theory. If his theory is 100% correct, then it shouldn't matter how much we move or how little. There shouldn't be any pain (more than a typical 5%), unless of course it's coming from repressed rage and we haven't accepted Sarno's diagnosis. Some body aches and stiffness from not moving around is common and should be accepted, but nothing like the severe pain brought on by TMS. A reviewer commented in amazon about this and brought up some points about sedentary lifestyle that I'd like to present here. Here's the thread, the comment to the reviewer is made by Newsview: http://www.amazon.com/review/R29JGC...ad=Tx2OO0LHWQ7AFDA&store=books#wasThisHelpful Now, please understand I'm not trying to stir up an argument or start doubt for anyone. The idea of a sedentary lifestyle and pain, in my opinion, is a very important and valid discussion that needs to be addressed by this forum. Sarno's work, his timescale for when TMS, back pain etc came about, coincides with the technological revolution and a culture that's become more and more accustomed to a sedentary lifestyle. At least that's how I see it, corrections are more than welcome. If there's a discussion somewhere that talks about this in depth, I'd love to read it. Or anyone that's willing to add to Sarno's argument about sedentary lifestyle that I seem to be missing, through experience/advice or articles/books etc. My full gratitude to whomever can help me with this hurdle.