Seligman Medical Institute
A medical research foundation devoted to the understanding, diagnosis, and treatment of Tension Myositis Syndrome and other mind-body disorders. 

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Exploring a New Paradigm in Treating Chronic Pain

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The Seligman Medical Institute (SMI) is a private, non-profit research and education foundation established to further our understanding of a diagnosis and treatment mode for chronic back pain and other chronic pain syndromes called "tension myositis syndrome (TMS)." a term coined by John Sarno, MD of New York University's Rusk Rehabilitation Institute to describe his "mind-body" approach to chronic pain. Founded in 2003, this Southern California foundation is directed by Principal Investigator David Schechter, MD, with the assistance of Foundation Coordinator Arthur Preston Smith, PhD. The Foundation did its work between 2003 and 2007 and is not currently funding mind-body research.

Updated: March 2011