What Conditions Represent MBS/TMS?

Many people want to know, how can I decipher whether my health condition is a mind-body syndrome or a disorder for which I need to seek other medical help?

You should always see your doctor to rule out infections, fractures, cancer, tumors, and nerve compression before starting a MBS/TMS Program. This blog is for information only and no way intended to be a substitute for medical attention.

Experts in the field believe the following conditions are mind-body disorders:

Anxiety symptoms and/or Panic Attacks
Back pain
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Chest pain
Chronic Abdominal pain and Pelvic pain
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Chronic Hives
Chronic Tendonitis
Colitis, Spastic Colon
Degenerative conditions like back and knee pain
Eating disorders
Fatigue or Chronic fatigue syndrome
Foot pain syndrome
Heartburn, Acid Reflux
Insomnia or trouble sleeping
Interstitial Cystitis
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Muscle tenderness
Myofascial pain syndrome
Neck pain
Numbness, tingling and burning sensations
Obsessive-compulsive thought patterns
Piriformsis syndrome
Post Traumatic Stress syndrome
Reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD)
Repetitive stress injury
Sciatic pain
Shoulder pain
Spastic bladder
Tachycardia or low blood pressure
Temporo-mandibular joint syndrome (TMJ)
Tension & Migraine headaches
Trigeminal neuralgia, facial pain
Ulcer symptoms or stomach pains

As we age, all of us experience degenerative disorders. Interestingly, studies show that after the age of 65, both back pain and neck pain decrease. If pain were the result of degeneration in the body, pain would not decrease with age. It would continue to worsen.

Mind-body pain is in the mind and triggered by learned neurological messages. You have pain because you expect to have or anticipate pain. According to Dr. Schubiner, the pain you are most unaware of (hiding in the unconscious) creates the most pain. In the other direction, when you worry about pain and feel helpless about it, this anxiety causes pain.

6 thoughts on “What Conditions Represent MBS/TMS?

  1. While I agree that the mind plays an important role in fixing chronic pain, I don’t believe it is the cause of pain. I specialize in treating chronic pain and, in almost all cases, back, sciatic, neck, foot, hip, pelvic, elbow or any other pain has been due to mechanical problems.
    The connection between age and pain is due, I believe, to changes in lifestyle as we age. These changes happen to help correct the mechanical causes of pain.
    For instance, most back pain is due to a lower spine that is arched too much (increased lordosis). As we age, we tend to sit longer and in more comfortable chairs where our spine can flex, reversing the excessive lordosis. As a matter of fact, I have suggested a couple of my clients purchase a Lazy-Boy chair to achieve this because it eliminates their pain and they were physically unable to correct their issues otherwise.
    I believe the reason we think the mind is the cause of pain is because we, as a medical profession, don’t understand the underlying mechanical causes of pain and therefore believe it must be something else. As I mentioned, I specialize in fixing chronic pain conditions and, although it sounds presumptuous, I believe I understand the underlying roots of most chronic pain conditions. I am so consistent in my outcomes that I am writing a series of books teaching people how to fix their root causes of pain. It’s actually quite simple in most cases.
    I don’t want to give the impression that the mind has no place in recovery because 1/3 of each of my books is dedicated to the mental aspects of healing your pain.
    Thank you for your article.


    1. Thank you for your comments. I appreciate hearing about various methodologies regarding pain. MindBody work doesn’t help everyone. I have two questions: Do you ever follow-up with your clients say 6 months or 1 year or 2 years? If so, is there pain still gone? Also, after a client “heals” pain in one area say the back, does it ever errupt in another area, say the shoulders or the feet? MindBody pain jumps around. The brain is very clever and if true emotional issues aren’t resolved, pain will pop up in various areas, which makes a person think mindbody methods don’t work.


  2. Typically the pain never returns if the patient pays attention to the movement faults contributing to their pain. Often they must perform a maintenance program involving one or two exercises once or twice a week to keep them on track. It’s difficult to change movement habits and the exercises reinforce these changes.


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