Evidence Behind the Treatment

Three formal retrospective studies were conducted at the Rusk Institute in 1982, 1987, and 1999 to determine the effectiveness of TMS treatment. Taken together, 371 randomly selected chronic pain clients were interviewed 6 months to 3 years after treatment to determine their level of pain and functional ability. 72% of those interviewed reported being free or nearly free of pain with unrestricted activity. 1,2

One of the studies was unique in that it included only those clients with documented herniated discs. Over a third of these clients had been advised by previous physicians to undergo surgery. When interviewed 1-3 years after TMS treatment, a remarkable 88% reported being free or nearly free of pain.

A randomized controlled study of TMS treatment was recently conducted by researchers at Providence Hospital and University of Michigan. 24 fibromyalgia clients were treated with a TMS approach and 21 fibromyalgia clients were assigned to a wait-list control group. After 6 months, the intervention group had significantly lower pain severity and higher self-reported physical function.3

Other randomized controlled studies comparing the effectiveness of TMS treatment to other pain treatment models are currently underway.

  1. Sarno, J. (1998) The Mindbody Prescription: Healing the Body, Healing the Pain. New York, NY. Warner Books.
  2. Sarno, J. (2006). The Divided Mind: The Epidemic of Mindbody Disorders. New York, NY. Harper Collins Publishers.
  3. Hsu, M., Schubiner, H., Lumley, M., Stracks, J., Clauw, D., Williams, D. (2010) Sustained Pain Reduction Through Affective Self-awareness in Fibromyalgia: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Journal of General Internal Medicine. 25(10), 1064-1070.