Tension Myositis Syndrome

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“I can honestly say that the Tension Myositis Syndrome/Mind-Body Syndrome class has changed my life. I now look at my personal history, emotional and mental life, as well as external stressors and triggers, and understand how my health has been or can be adversely affected by them. The class provided excellent tools for effectively dealing with pain and fatigue issues if they arise in the future.”

Tension Myositis Syndrome (TMS) is a term that was coined by the late Dr. John Sarno, a physician in New York City who was among the first to clearly understand how influential the mind is on symptoms in the body.

Dr. Stracks studied with Dr. Sarno and has now taken Dr. Sarno’s work to the next level, both in terms of his understanding of the science of the mindbody connection and in his treatment methods that include psychological work, group classes, knowledge and education, and support of qualified professionals.

People seek out Dr. Stracks for his TMS knowledge for several reasons. A common one is to try to confirm the diagnosis of TMS. Dr. Stracks spends 60 minutes with all new patients in addition to the free 15-minute consultation. He listens to the history of symptoms, the current symptoms, and the personality traits of each person. He also gets a sense of the stress in each patient’s life, both currently and in the past. After performing a thorough physical exam, Dr. Stracks gives an explanation about why the TMS diagnosis does or does not make sense and how to move forward with treatment if TMS is present.

Dr. Stracks also serves as a resource for patients who know they have TMS but have not been able to progress with their treatment. The patients in Dr. Sarno’s books get better in just a few paragraphs, but in real life, it’s oftentimes much more complex. If you know that you’re suffering from TMS but just don’t quite know what to do next, Dr. Stracks can help you put pieces in place to help get you on the path to feeling better.

Finally, Dr. Stracks has created one of the leading TMS communities in the world in his Chicagoland practice. He teaches group classes in healing from TMS and has frequent panel discussions in which patients who have recovered give talks about their experiences and how they healed. He also runs a more advanced group for patients who have had success putting TMS principles into practice and are looking to continue to expand the range of tools they can use for healing. In addition, Dr. Stracks frequently brings in expert speakers to impart their knowledge about healing TMS symptoms.

Whatever your questions or goals might be for your treatment for chronic pain or other symptoms, an initial appointment with Dr. Stracks will help you move forward toward removing those symptoms from your life. Click below to get started with your consultation.

“Thank goodness there is an outstanding option in Chicago for those who suffer from TMS.”
— Dr. John Sarno