TMS Pain Relief
Tension Myoneural Syndrome
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This web site was created to teach about mindbody concepts relevant to physical illness and pain, especially TMS (Tension Myoneural Syndrome/Tension Myositis Syndrome /The MindBody Syndrome/Psychophysiologic Disorder/Neuroplastic Pain).
TMS is a common and treatable diagnosis for back, neck, arm, pelvic, and other types of chronic pain with no clear structural cause (benign pain). The treatment is unique in that the patient's awareness of the mind-body link is crucial.
Healing comes from learning to shift focus from physical to psychological, break dysfunctional neural pathways, and process emotions differently. The symptoms are very real, but the cause is deeper than expected and not typically looked for by most doctors.
By navigating through the menu and subpages you can learn about TMS, treatment, a Video Library, read and see testimonials, read an interview with Dr. Schechter, learn about Dr. Schechter's long relationship with Dr. John Sarno... and find a direction for your healing... as you seek answers for your chronic pain and other unexplained symptoms.
Learn about a new online program (developed 2021) to help you navigate your healing journey. There is now a lot of material out there! How do you know what to read, what to study, what to do? Medical Doctor and Psychologist combine to teach you, answer your questions, and develop your unique healing plan. The Single Comprehensive Tool!
What are some other names for this condition or approach? TMS, PPD (Psychophysiologic Disorder), Central Pain Syndrome, Distraction Pain Syndrome, Pain Amplification Syndrome, Tension Myoneural Syndrome, Tension Myositis Syndrome, The MindBody Syndrome, Learned Neural Pathways. Regardless of which name you have heard or use, the point of this is that people have physical symptoms that are often due to the mind/brain/emotions more than to a structural disorder or biochemical dysfunction. The list of symptoms and conditions is long-- if you persist with pain and treatments have been ineffective, you are likely a candidate for this approach.
***Facebook Interview with Dr. John Stracks. Great questions and good answers from two doctors! 2020 Watch/Listen Here:
**Video Podcast Interview with Tovah and Rose: TMS Global Roundtable. "Patients who Don't Improve Quickly"
***Podcast On Brain-Pain Connection, 2022. PM & R doc Sanjiv Lakhia MD interviews me.
**TV News Segment, ABC 7
Well Done! 2017
Media To Learn From !
Podcasts, TV, Radio.
Free TMS Education.
**TV Interview with Barry Kibrick, Between the Lines, KLCS/PBS, 2017
**Video Podcast Interview with Dr. Dan Ratner about Doubt, TMS, Pain 2020. In Depth. Watch Here:
** Ratings are based upon feedback, educational value, up-to-date, length and other subjective factors. All listed have value.
Dr. David Schechter
Dr. David Schechter is a Board Certified Sports Medicine/Family Medicine Physician with a credential in Pain Medicine practicing in Los Angeles, California.
Dr. Schechter has over twenty five years of experience with the TMS diagnosis, has treated thousands of patients and published original research.
While a medical student at NYU, he was a successful patient of Dr. John Sarno and Dr. Sarno's research assistant for a follow-up study.
The Mind Body Workbook
Educational materials developed by Dr. Schechter include:
The MindBody Workbook
Think Away Your Pain
Understanding and Healing from TMS
MindBody Patient Panel (DVD)
Some of these were essential elements of the home treatment program for his 2007 published study in Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine showing the effectiveness of this treatment program for chronic pain (especially low back pain).
Think Away Your Pain
Dr. Schechter's book, published in 2014, brings together his clinical experience, research findings, new scientific evidence and emotional wisdom to teach the reader the mind/brain and mind-body linkages needed to relieve pain.
He presents an updated model of pain, The Seven Lessons of Pain, detailed treatment methods and The Twelve Stages of Healing.
This book has been called the most 'user-friendly' book in this field. Also reviewed as the clearest description of mindbody pain treatment yet written.
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