Seligman Medical Institute
The Seligman Medical Institute describes itself as, "A medical research foundation devoted to the understanding, diagnosis, and treatment of Tension Myositis Syndrome and other mind-body disorders." Their medical advisory board is chaired by John Sarno, MD, Co-chaired by David Schechter, MD, and has as members, Nancy Selfridge, MD and John Pan, MD. The Institute has two programs that it primarily focuses on: research and education. The research aspects of the institute include gathering data from respected TMS physicians and organizing it into a standard comparable format that can show the success of the TMS approach. The second aspect of the research program involves carrying out controlled studies that show the effectiveness of the approach. The education program at the Seligman Medical Institute primarily consists of Dr. Schechter and Dr. Smith giving presentations about TMS to both health care professionals and the lay public.
The institute has published four articles about TMS. They are Outcomes of a Mind-Body Healing Program for Chronic Back Pain with No Distinct Structural Pathology: A Case Series of Patients Diagnosed and Treated as Tension Myositis Syndrome (TMS), Back Pain as a Distraction Pain Syndrome: A Window to a Whole New Dynamic in Integrative Medicine, Long-Term Outcome of Back Pain Patients Treated by a Psychologically Based Program, and At Home Teaching Materials for Chronic Pain'.
More information can be found at the Foundation's website.
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