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TMS Pain Relief
Tension Myoneural Syndrome
Education. Programs. Consultation.

Purpose:  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).


What is TMS?: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.  Do I have it?


How do I heal?  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.


Key Features of this Website:

 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.


Education is Key:  Learn about a new online program (developed in 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!

Other Names for TMS:

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. 


Essence: 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.   Back pain, pelvic pain, headaches, TMJ, Dizziness, etc.

MindBody Patient Panel, Segment 1 now on You tube 

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***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"

Sept. 2022

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***Podcast On Brain-Pain Connection, 2022.  PM & R doc Sanjiv Lakhia MD interviews me.  

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**TV News Segment, ABC 7

Well Done!  2017

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Media To Learn  From !
Podcasts, TV, Radio.
Free TMS Education.

**Video Podcast Interview with Dr. Dan Ratner about Doubt, TMS, Pain 2020. In Depth.  Watch Here:

*Podcast Interview with Laura Seago of Curable: "Psychology and Sports Injuries" Oct. 2018

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**TV Interview with Barry Kibrick, Between the Lines, KLCS/PBS, 2017

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**Podcast Interview: with Surgeon Robert Watkins IV , MD  October 2019. Watch/Listen Here 

**Podcast Interview with Yonit Arthur, Aud.D  "Dizziness as a PPD"

Aug. 2023

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** Ratings are based upon feedback, educational value, up-to-date, length and other subjective factors. All listed have value.

**Brief Podcast On Spotify about Affirmations 2020 

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Dr. David Schechter

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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 thirty 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 (Volume 1, 2)

  • Think Away Your Pain 

  • The MindBody Healing Journey course

  • The MindBody Workbook for teens

  • Understanding and Healing from TMS


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

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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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