Jun 17, 2009

Wrist pain and TMS

If you'd like to hear more about the treatments described in the previous post, there are a number of good sites out there devoted to John Sarno's theories about Tension Myositis Syndrome. Here are just a few of my favorites:

tms wiki
Rachel's RSI homage

Dr. Sarno's website

In the meantime, keep in mind that a large part of the treatment he recommends lies in truly believing that you are fundamentally o.k. - and that there is nothing "structurally" or physically wrong with you. If you feel pain, try not to focus on it. Think instead of the emotional anger or frustration that may be contributing to it, and try to own that frustration. It may be a stretch for some, but a lot of people with carpal tunnel syndrome or other RSI's have experienced partial or complete relief by doing this. Rachel's RSI homage has some great testimonials.

There's also a fair amount of independent evidence that the brain can in fact be trained to increase or decrease the amount of pain you experience. This study by Sean Mackey, a Stanford University pain expert, used MRI brain scans to show that focusing on pain increased it, whereas focusing the attention elsewhere could decrease or even eliminate the sensation of pain.


  1. Hi Mary,

    Thanks a lot for the link to the wiki. We've put a lot of work into it, and it's good to see it getting better known.

    How is your recovery going? Have you ever thought about starting a blog about TMS? If you'd like to come join us at the wiki, we'd love to have you. We're a very friendly community.

    Forest (the guy who started the wiki)

  2. ... I forgot to mention that the wiki has an RSS reader built in, so if you did want to create a blog about TMS, we'd be able to send a lot of readers your way. Right now we get about 15,000 pageviews a month and in a year I expect that we will get up to closer to 50,000, so your what you write will be read (as someone who has put a lot of stuff up on the internet, I know how important it is to know that people will actually read what you write).


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