“Psychosomatic” has become a dirty word, but the psyche (mind) and the soma (body) are most certainly connected and act on each other. There is no one without the other. While it’s always important to rule out serious medical conditions with a doctor, psychotherapy that takes the body into account, along with the mind and emotions, can help improve body pain and discomfort.
I’ve long been interested in the work of Dr. John Sarno, a medical pioneer in mind-body approaches to treating chronic illness. A documentary film is now being made about his work. The director is still seeking funds to complete it, but in the meantime, here’s a fascinating, star-studded trailer: