How to stop Tension Myositis Syndrome (TMS)

Photo of clouds shows how stopping Tension Myositis Syndrome (TMS) can dissipate chronic pain and discomfort.

Tension Myositis Syndrome (TMS) is a condition that can cause chronic pain and discomfort, which can be debilitating.

Although it can be challenging to manage, there are five steps you can take to stop Tension Myositis Syndrome (TMS) in its tracks.

1. Accept the stress

The first step in stopping Tension Myositis Syndrome (TMS) is to acknowledge that your pain is not the result of an injury.

In most cases, Tension Myositis Syndrome (TMS) is a result of emotional or psychological stress, rather than physical damage to the body.

By recognizing your pain is not caused by an injury, you can begin to shift your mindset from a reactive response to a more observant and rational one.

2. Shift the mindset

The second step is to shift your mindset from reaction to observation and from emotion to rational thought.

It is crucial to avoid panic and fear, as these emotions can intensify your pain and make it more challenging to manage. Instead, observe your pain and try to remain calm and rational.

3. Relax the painful area

The third step is to immediately try to relax the painful area and gently move it, massage it or use a foam roller.

This helps to release any tight soft tissue and can often relieve tension and pain before it takes hold.

4. Identify the tension

The fourth step is to take control and think calmly about your current circumstances or what may be happening in the external world to identify where the tension is coming from.

Pain is often a warning sign that something is not right, so it is essential to pay attention and identify any underlying emotional or psychological stress that may be contributing to your pain.

5. Shut down the pain

Finally, the fifth step is to shut down the pain by taking action and making self-care a priority. This could include talking to a friend, cancelling stressful plans, taking a warm bath, meditating, journaling, or exercising.

By committing to self-care and breaking the stress routine, you can stop chronic pain at its source, which lies in the mind.

Research has shown that Tension Myositis Syndrome (TMS) is often linked to emotional or psychological stress. According to a study published in the “Journal of Psychosomatic Research” in 2016, stress is a significant predictor of these symptoms. The study found that people with Tension Myositis Syndrome (TMS) had significantly higher levels of perceived stress than those without the condition.

Another study published in the “Journal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation” in 2020 found that a combination of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and physical therapy was effective in reducing pain and disability in individuals with Tension Myositis Syndrome (TMS).

It is essential to manage stress levels to prevent Tension Myositis Syndrome (TMS) from developing or worsening.

With sufficient practice, it will become instinctive to move into a peaceful, watchful state, allowing the pain to dissipate.

Sarno Clinic advances the Dr. John Sarno method for treating Tension Myositis Syndrome (TMS).