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Don't forget the "BODY" in the Mind Body Prescription
am 23. Januar 2000
The personal testiomonials throughout the book and amazon helped to add value to the concepts Dr. Sarno suggests. I have realized that the mind is connected with the body through my own experience in martial arts, endurance training and yoga. I was excited to read about it when I first heard of the book. As a physical therapist, exercise physiologist and biomechanist, however, I feel Dr. Sarno has underestimated the effects of muscular deconditioning and physical fitness. Throughout the book he discusses the "mindbody" connection, but it seems to me that he has decided to focus on the "mind" only and thrown out the importance of the "body". I completely agree with the fact that many physiological problems are either caused or manifested by the mind, however, we CANNOT forget about the physical deconditioning that results from pain. This deconditioning makes the body susceptible to real injury that is a result of mechanics - not the mind. Unfortunately, since he is not a physical therapist, exercise physiologist or biomechanist he is unaware of the complete importance of physical strength, lumbar stabilization, and correct ergonomics. Therefore, many people reading this book will think that physical therapy is worthless. Yes, I am prejudice, however, I can back this prejudice with scientific and clinical research & experience. I still believe that many of my patients are suffering from subconscious anger, but unless they can see that with an open mind and willingness to explore their innerself, they will still be in pain. I have referred several patients to read this book with much compassion and sincerity. Still no one has received benefit. At least I know that I can help them physically by educating them on strengthening, body mechanics, body awareness and relaxation. Physical therapy is not a waste. I agree with many of Dr. Sarno's ideas; I only wish he would see the whole picture. The goal should be to educate the public on the mind & body aspects!