We consider these daily reminders developed by Dr. John Sarno a critical component of our approach to reducing and eliminating pain.

It is recommended you put aside 10 minutes a day to review and consider these key thoughts and how they relate to your life. Relax and quietly review them one by one.

  • The pain is due to Tension Myositis Syndrome (TMS) not to a structural abnormality.
  • The direct reason for the pain is mild oxygen deprivation.
  • Tension Myositis Syndrome (TMS) is a harmless condition caused by my repressed emotions.
  • The principal emotion is my repressed anger.
  • Tension Myositis Syndrome (TMS) exists only to distract my attention from the emotions.
  • Since my body is basically normal there’s nothing to fear.
  • Therefore physical activity isn’t dangerous.
  • And I must resume all normal physical activity.
  • I won’t be concerned or intimidated by the pain.
  • I will shift my attention from the pain to emotional issues.
  • I intend to be in control and not my subconscious mind.
  • I must think psychological at all times, not physical.

Conscious acceptance of these reminders is the initial step. We encourage you to take the time to allow this information to properly assimilate at a conscious and subconscious level. To be accepted and integrated.

Generally this can take two to four weeks. Caution must be applied to ensure these reminders do not become mere routine or a mindless habit. Focus, attention, and intention are key.

If you have made little or no progress, or suffering recurrences after being pain-free for months or years, and medical diagnosis has ruled out disease or structural damage, you will likely need to consider deeper emotional issues.