Meet Charli, a 24-year-old biochemistry student from London, who shares her moving story of recovery from over two years of chronic pain. She describes the science behind the ‘mindbody’ approach to calming her nervous system, and her hopes that medical practitioners will start to bring the vital link between emotions and physical symptoms more into their practice.
This is our first in an anticipated series of short films which will profile a range of different chronic conditions and medically unexplained symptoms, primarily to help the medical profession better understand this approach to health.
Our aim is to illustrate how so often the root of these conditions actually lies in the brain, and that once this is understood and accepted by the patient, a resolution can be found through working on our emotions and thought patterns.
Sources for statistics presented in this film:
• Fayez et al. Prevalence of chronic pain in the UK: a systematic review and meta-analysis of population studies (2016) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4932255/
• NHS stats, June 2021
• Bermingham SL, Cohen A, Hague J, et al. The cost of somatisation among the working-age population in England for the year 2008-2009 (2010) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2939455/