In the previous article, I wrote specifically about a course I came across based on the work and teachings of Dr. John E Sarno. It’s a course offered at MindBodySchool.com and it’s probably the best one out there.
However, upon feedback from readers it’s been brought to my attention that it’s not the only one available. The work of John Sarno and his recent step down from practicing medicine has inspired a number of online courses to treat TMS and other types of pain syndromes.
John Sarno was a medical doctor from the Rusk Institute at NYU Medical Center. As it turns out, amid the thousands of patients that he treated for TMS, many of them were fellow physicians. His results have been apparently so amazing that some of his physician patients were inspired to study “under” him. I use that term loosely because he never had an official mentoring program and several of the doctors I came across who professed to have studied under him, exchanged little more than a few phone calls with Dr. Sarno.
On any account, these physicians have taken what they learned from Sarno and used the information to treat patients in their own practices. The reality of treatment was something else. TMS treatment is incredibly time consuming and not realistic for a doctor who can usually spend no more than 7-9 minutes with a single patient.
As a solution to this challenge a few of the doctors have written their own books on treating TMS and few of them have created online courses, to which they refer their patients. The benefit of these alternatives vs the course offered by MindBodySchool is that the patient has an opportunity to interact with an actual doctor. It is strongly advised that patients see a doctor first, to rule out a serious or life-threatening medical condition that could be the cause of the pain. Infections and various types of tumors can affect the spine and create pain. If left untreated, the consequences can be dire.
MindBodySchool warns all participants that their course is not a substitute for medical advice. All students are required to see a doctor to rule out other problems before continuing, however, there is no way to know if patients do it.