NYU TMS Pain Therapy
TMS pain therapy is a noninvasive, effective and safe therapy used for the treatment of back pain, neck pain, fibromyalgia and other chronic or recurrent body pain. Dr. John Sarno at NYU developed this Mindbody approach which has helped thousands overcome their suffering; he believes that physical symptoms arise from unrepressed emotions which do not have structural or medical causes and cannot usually be explained through diagnostic tests.
Most patients can achieve significant pain relief through a noninvasive Mindbody approach. This is the first step toward healing and avoiding future issues. Clients will learn techniques such as mindfulness, emotional awareness, returning to regular exercise without fear of injury and expressive writing/journaling.
Combining these techniques has proven to be an effective means for breaking the cycle of chronic pain in a short amount of time and returning clients to optimal health. These approaches draw from neuroscience and neuroplasticity, which have been scientifically demonstrated to alter neural pathways in the brain responsible for chronic discomfort.
Cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) has been scientifically proven to reduce recurrent pain and enhance quality of life for those suffering from fibromyalgia, according to a randomized trial. We will teach our client various forms of mindfulness, emotional awareness, expressive writing and journaling that have been scientifically proven to have an immediate effect on calming down their brain, altering body physiology and decreasing pain level.
Our TMS pain therapy training program was created to give medical and mental health professionals an introduction to treating TMS/PPD pain effectively. It’s based on Pathways to Pain Relief, written by two of Dr. John Sarno’s close psychotherapists Frances Sommer Anderson and Eric Sherman.
The TMS/PPD pain model is a psychological theory, and its authors believe physical symptoms are an expression of repressed emotional feelings. Once these buried feelings are acknowledged and released, physical manifestations will disappear.
Previously, the TMS/PPD pain model has been treated through an eclectic combination of self-directed study, peer support groups and conferences. However, the recent launch of specialized TMS/PPD pain training programs such as this one marks an important step in educating both medical and mental health professionals about this resurgent form of treatment.
Our TMS/PPD Pain Program places a strong focus on mindfulness and emotional awareness. Studies have demonstrated that these practices can significantly enhance client’s capacity for managing pain effectively.
In addition to these treatments, our TMS/PPD Pain Therapy program utilizes other proven tools that have been highly successful in relieving chronic pain symptoms. These include:
The National Institutes of Health are funding an ambitious effort to identify nonaddictive therapies that can effectively treat pain. NYU Langone is spearheading this research program and hosting a clinical center in New York City to test and evaluate these drugs.