Survey Response: Nicholas Straiton FRCS, DM-S Med, MLCOM

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This survey was last updated in February 2009.

Degrees/Licenses Held: MB BS, FRCS, DM-S Med, MLCOM

Contact information:
1 Glovers Yard, 121 Havelock Rd,
Brighton. BN1 6GN.
Tel: 01273 540303

Number of years in practice: 30

Number of years in practice with patients who have TMS: 3

Number of patients you have seen who have had TMS: Difficult to say exactly but approximately 100

Have you ever suffered from TMS? Yes

Are you able to conduct therapy sessions over the phone? I do give advice and recommendations over the phone.

What insurance plans do you currently accept? I am recognised by most of the major medical insurance companies.

Do you have a sliding scale of payment for people who are not covered by insurance? I do make discretionary reductions in my fees.

What have you done to educate yourself about TMS, and what plans do you have for further education about TMS?
Having read Dr Sarno's publications I spent some time with him at the Rusk Institute and have continued to study the subject.

As we are going to post your answers on the TMS Wiki, feel free to write some text to introduce yourself:
I am a medical practitioner and registered osteopath who works in the NHS but also has a private practice where I treat patients suffering from musculo-skeletal disorders. For the last ten years I have been working in the NHS for the Back Pain Service at the local hospital. I have always been interested in psychosomatic medicine and a few years ago a psychotherapist colleague introduced me to Dr Sarno's books. His description of the frustration of working in a hospital environment where high tech investigations and treatment strategies fail to alleviate many people suffering from back pain mirrored exactly my own experience . I became fascinated by his approach and eventually went out to New York to sit in at his clinics at the Rusk institute in order to learn at first hand the process that he uses to diagnose and treat patients with TMS. This experience was truly valuable and enriching to the degree that I would say that my practice has changed significantly since that time. I believe that many, but not all, of patients suffering with chronic back pain are manifesting emotional distress through a physical symptom and for any long lasting relief to be achieved the factors relevant to this distress need to be recognised and addressed.

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