Tension Myositis

Tension Myositis is a controversial diagnosis that is not currently accepted by mainstream medicine. Also known as tension myoneural syndrome, it was first described by John E. Sarno and characterized by its combination of “psychosomaticmusculoneuralskeletal” (mind/muscle/nerve/skeletal) symptoms, most notably back pain, but also includes muscle tenderness and joint pain.

Also frequently noted is numbness, tingling, and migration of pain throughout the body, all of it without any identifiable organic or physical source. It is generally treated through a combination of psychotherapy, education, journaling, group therapy and resumption of a normal life, rather than resting.