Pain relief without drugs

Headache, migraine, brain fog, joint pain, muscle ache, back pain, neck pain, leg pain, stomach pain, hip pain… etc. can be quickly relieved by patting  and EFT tapping.

I. Patting or slapping  rhythmically on or over pain areas is effective in relieving pain.  Pain is a cry for attention and help from an organ, joint or muscle that is in trouble. Patting  is the most appropriate response to bring comfort and relief to that area that we often do not think of for fear of hurting it.  In fact, patting helps clear blockages that deprive the affected areas of oxygen and nutrients thus relieving painful discomfort. However, in the case of

– lower back pain , leg pain, hip pain, sciatica .. we should first stretch our tendons and ligaments with the standard reclining stretching posture – see drawing below – (each leg for at least 10 minutes), followed by slapping /patting “the affected areas, the back of the knees and all around the knees , front, back and sides”. We can use two hands for patting (back/front and 2 sides) at the same time – Patting should last 3-5 minutes before moving to the next spot/area.

frozen shoulder,  pat/slap “the front, back, left, right, upper and lower parts of the shoulders” (also at least 3 minutes each). Then do standard reclining stretching posture, and standing stretching posture (in the middle of  a door frame as in the picture).

– wrist and ankle pains, “slap at upper and lower parts of the affected areas and all around them”  for at least 3 minutes per site.

– neck pain, slap at the neck and the shoulders and stretch in standard reclining stretching posture (on a bench or 2 chairs with one leg up against a wall) 10 minutes each leg.

If you have not done slapping before, begin by  patting rhythmically and gently then increase the intensity to a tolerable level. The more intense the slapping , the sooner the pain is relieved.

I find this technique very effective and easy to do for acute headache and brain fog. Often it takes about 5-10 minutes to feel relief.

For chronic pain, the following Tapping technique is more effective.

II. Tapping the meridians

Tapping over  9 acupoints  – shown in the figure below – has become a popular therapy since the early 2000’s  for relieving  stress, mental disorders and related diseases. One of these conditions, caused by chronic stress, is chronic pain. This therapy is called Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT). Tapping is only part of the therapy. The other essential part is “focused attention to the pain, the love and acceptance of self despite the pain.”

This therapeutic principle is in line with  the simple biblical teachings on the secrets of healthy living:

  • Just focus on the present, do not worry tomorrow: “Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes (Jesus -Mathew 6:34 –  The Message)
  • No regrets, sadness about the past: “But one thing I do: forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead  ” (Saint Paul, Philip 3:14).

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” (Jesus – Matthew 11:28).

  • Be thankful, present to  God all our problems, sufferings and believe in his  loving care for us.

Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus “Paul, I Thessalonians 5:18),

“Always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Paul, Ephesians 5:20)

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” (Paul, Philippians 4: 6).

“Cast all your anxiety on Him, for He cares for you” (I Peter 5: 7) 

 Tapping process:

The following are mainly and directly from Ortner’s ebook “The tapping solution for relief: A step by step guide to reducing and eliminating chronic pain” Chapter 2.

Step 1: Focus on your pain . Before tapping on your pain, you need to focus your full attention on it. Start by getting your journal. You have pain in many places, start “with the one that is most noticeable. Then ask yourself the following: if my pain were a colour, what colour would it be? Does it have a texture and/or shape? A sound? Does it feel hot? Is it dull or sharp? Does it radiate or stay still? Does it look like a wave? A hammer? A razor-sharp pin?  Write down your answers in your journal and try to be as specific as possible about how it looks and feels to you. We try to grasp the full sensation of the pain, not only to tap on it but to be able to better notice as it shifts. ” (Ortner, 2015).

Step 2: Measure the pain intensity in the range 0 to 10 . 10 is the maximum level of pain you can imagine, 0 no pain at all. Do not worry yourself if it is accurate or not. Just follow your gut instinct.

Step 3: Craft your setup statement .

The basic setup statement consists of 1.  attentive and emphatic acknowledgement of the pain and 2. positive attitude about the situation. It might go like this:

Even though I <describe your pain>, I was totally grateful and accepted myself.

“The goal is not to say magic words as if they are the formula that unlocks the door to pain relief. You want to say words that have meaning to you. So change it if it doesn’t ring true or feel powerful”

For example

‘Even though I have this hot, sharp, stabbing pain in my lower back, I deeply and completely love and accept myself” 

“Even though I have this dull throbbing pain in my jaw, I deeply and completely accept myself. ” 

Depending on your experience, you can change the second part in the setup statement:

“I completely love, accept and forgive myself and anyone else” or

” I choose to forgive myself now” or

“I allow myself to be the way I am” or 

“I’m willing to let go” or

“I am willing to hold a new perspective .” or

“It’s over and I’m safe now.” or

“I choose to release this pain now”

Step 4. Choose a reminder  phrase:

This short phrase is just a few words to describe your pain. For example: If the statement relates to lumbar pain, the reminder would be “this lumbar … lumbar … this lumbar … ” is the sentence we say out loud to remind the problem at each typing point. It helps you to focus on the pain without being distracted. It also helps to measure the amount of pain experienced in the tapping process.

Step 5: Tap through the points with your  fingertips ( not nails )

Start tapping by saying your setup statement three times while tapping on the karate chop point. You can use whichever hand  that is most convenient for you. Tap at a pace with a force that you feel most comfortable with.

After saying the setup statement 3 times, move on to tapping through the 8 remainding points while speaking  the reminder phrase.  At each point you can tap 5 – 7 times but if you feel like tapping more -even 100 times – at one point, do it . It is important to tap long enough at one point to “speak the reminder phrase and let it sink in”. Here are the points:

  1. Karate chop point (Small Intestine meridian )
  2. Eyebrow (Bladder meridian )
  3. Side of  eye ( Small Intestine and Gall Bladder meridians)
  4. Under eye ( Liver  and  Conception Vessel Meridians)
  5. Under nose ( Governing Vessel and Large Intestine meridians)
  6. Chin (Conception Vessel Meridian)
  7. Collarbone (Stomach and Kidney Meridians )
  8. Under arm ( Heart Meridian)
  9. Top of the head (Governing Vessel Meridian)

(Ortner, 2018)

Picture source: Tapping 101. Thetappingsolution.com  

Step 6: Check in

After finishing the first round, take a deep breath.  “Feel your body and notice what’s happening your body for what’s going on. Did your pain shift? What level of pain is now in the scale of 0-10? If it went from 8 to 7, it’s a significant improvement- meaning  your pain starts being relieved by the tapping. Keep tapping.

If nothing changes, it’s okay too. It is normal for people to need several rounds of tapping to experience some relief,” especially as they are getting familiar with the process” . “You may notice yourself yawning, sighing, burping or experiencing other side effects during  or after tapping. These are  ways that your body is moving and releasing energy, relaxing an letting go”. When you tap try to notice the ways that  your body is responding.

“Also , as you check in with yourself to see if your pain has changed, as yourself what thoughts or emotions came up while tapping. It may be hard at first but these will be important clues later in the process as we begin to explore the deep cause of your pain “.

Effectiveness

“It has been found in clinical trials that EFT is incredibly effective in reducing pain – an average pain reduction of 68% within 20 minutes”. (Church, 2018).

The “Existing literature is consistent with claims that acupoint tapping yields unexpectedly strong and rapid clinical outcomes with a range of conditions” (Feinstein, 2012).

“Research indicates that EFT is an effective treatment for anxiety, depression, posttraumatic stress disorder, phobias, and other psychological disorders, as well as certain physical complaints” (Church & Brooks, 2010).

Thousands of case studies show that EFT is significantly effective in reducing chronic pains and other symptoms related to emotional stress. These are accessible at EFT Tapping reseach https://www.eftuniverse.com/research-studies/eft-research

THANK YOU THAT YOU HAVE READ THIS ARTICLE! Please share your experiences on this topic.

Please note: This article is for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for medical advice.

References

Church D. (2018)  EFT for back pain. https://www.eftuniverse.com/pain-management/eft-tapping-for-back-pain

Church, D., & Brooks, A. J. (2010). Application of Emotional Freedom Techniques. Integrative Medicine: A Clinician’s Journal, 9(4), 46–48

Feinstein, D. (2012). Acupoint stimulation in treating psychological disorders: Evidence of efficacy. Review of General Psychology. Advance online publication. doi:10.1037/a0028602

Hongchi Xiao (2016). Paidalajin self-healing. Amazon

Ortner, N. (2018) Tapping 101. URL:  https://www.thetappingsolution.com/tapping-101/

Ortner N. (2015). The Tapping Solution for Pain Relief . Hay House Inc.

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Author: Nguyễn Văn Tư

Certified naturopath started and completed Bachelor of Naturopathy after retirement to provide out of love services to people with chronic disorders.

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