Chronic pain is starting to take the leading positions as a disease worldwide. It displaces cardiovascular, hormonal and oncological diseases by frequency in populations. With the advancement of technologies (magnetic resonance imaging, computed tomography, etc.), more and more "defects" in the human body are being discovered and more causes for pain testing.
Any doctor who has dealt with the treatment of pain syndromes knows how difficult they are to manage. Any doctor who has researched methods for treating pain syndromes and spent his nights reading specialized medical literature describing treatment methodology remembers seeing the word "improvement" but not "resolution or cure" for pain syndrome).
Dr. John Sarno, Professor of Rehabilitation in New York, takes a different path. He notes that pain syndromes are affected by physiotherapy procedures (ultrasound, laser, microwave, etc.) that aim to increase blood flow to the tissues affected by the pain, in that way increasing the oxygen in them, respectively. Thus, he believes that lowering oxygen in the tissues is the pathophysiology of chronic pain. But what is the etiology? What is the reason for the decrease in oxygen flow to the tissues? Dr. Sarno returns to the basis of communication with the patients - the medical history, or more precisely the psycho-emotional state of the patient. He discovers that people with pain syndromes have had a traumatic childhood, a history of intense emotional distress, and are Type A people (ambitious, wanting to show their best to the others and more). This led him to assume that the pain has a psycho-emotional basis and is provoked by repressed emotions, most often anger in the subconscious mind. Pain aims to distract from the emotions of the subconscious to come to consciousness. The methodology for treating pain syndromes is purely psychological and consists of realization – the knowledge of repressed emotion. His treatment has seen improvement and / or disappearance of symptoms for 2 to 6 weeks in over 90% of his patients. One of his patients is the famous radio presenter - Howard Stern. His books in online libraries, such as Amazon, have more than 1500 five-star ratings. The diagnoses he mentions for successful treatment cover a wide range - from lower back pain, shoulder pain, neck pain to pelvic pain and temporomandibular joint pain.