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Rapid recovery for a "frozen shoulder" that was supposed to take up to 3 years

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Hi Everyone,

Carol Solomon was told by her doctor that it would take 1.5 to 3 years to recover from her frozen shoulder. She used EFT and recovered from most of the problem in short order. The fact that there is still some problem left doesn't mean that EFT didn't work ... or that it was incomplete. Rather, it points to more issues that need addressing. She says, "After a lot of soul searching, I realized there were several areas of my life where I felt a lot of weight on my shoulders. As I have worked through these issues on my own, the pain in my shoulders has gotten better and better. I wouldn't say it's exactly 100% yet, but I wasn't about to wait 1-3 years for it to get better on its own - not with EFT at my fingertips!"

Hugs, Gary


By Carol Solomon, Ph.D. MCC

Gary,

I was recently diagnosed with a "frozen shoulder," a condition that can come on suddenly or over time, especially in women. My shoulder ached at night and I had tightness, pain and a limited range of motion when I worked out. My doctor prescribed physical therapy, and told me that it would get better, but it would take 1 ½ - 3 years to fully recover.

I thought I could probably do better with EFT, so I asked my friend, an experienced EFT practitioner, to do an EFT session with me. There was no obvious cause, so the first question he asked was: "If there was an emotional cause, what would it be?"

The only thing I could think of was that I felt "stuck" in parts of my business and didn't know which direction to take it. We tapped for both the tightness in the business and the shoulder.

Even though I have this pain in my shoulder…

Even though I feel this tightness when I raise my arm…

Even though it feels tight when I raise my arm…

Even though I feel stuck in my business…

Even though I'm not sure how to move forward…

Even though I feel stuck and frozen…

EB: This pain in my shoulder

SE: This tightness in my shoulder

UE: My shoulder hurts

UN: This awkward feeling

CH: This stiff feeling in my shoulder

CB: It hurts to move it

UA: I can't move it the way I want without pain

TH: My shoulder feels tight and awkward

EB: This tight feeling

SE: I feel stuck

UE: Part of me feels stuck in my business.

UN: I'm not sure how to move it.

CH: I choose to move freely

CB: I deserve to move freely without pain

UA: I love moving freely and without pain

TH: I deserve to move easily and be pain-free

Then we did more rounds focused specifically on the range of motion.

Even though it hurts to raise my arm…

Even though it hurts when I raise my arm up and back…

Even though it hurts when I raise my arm fully…

EB: It hurts to raise my arm

SE: This tight feeling when I raise my arm

UE: I choose to move freely and easily

UN: I deserve to move freely and easily

CH: I deserve to move freely without pain

CB: I move freely and without pain

UA: I give myself permission to move freely and without pain

TH: I love to move easily in every direction without pain

With each round, my shoulder felt better and better. The range of motion in which I could move without pain increased. The next day, however, it felt tight again. I did a few more similar rounds on my own that day. Over the next week or 2, it improved to almost 100%.

I think there are several lessons here:

1. I chose to have my friend conduct the session, rather than doing everything on my own. He had more experience with pain issues, and I knew he could help me get a new perspective.

2. Even if things don't resolve themselves right away, it doesn't mean you haven't made progress. Keep working at it over time and give yourself time to root out all the aspects. I was disappointed when my shoulder was tight the next day, but I kept at it.

3. Thinking metaphorically is valuable. Over the next few weeks, I continued to ask myself:

  • What am I shouldering? (It's common to hold tension in our neck and shoulders.)
  • What's weighing on my shoulders?
  • In what area of my life did I feel "stuck" or "frozen"?
  • What felt immovable in my life?
  • What felt tight or awkward?
  • Where did I need more flexibility or more comfort?
  • What was painful in my life?
  • Where did I feel stuck?

After a lot of soul searching, I realized there were several areas of my life where I felt a lot of weight on my shoulders. As I have worked through these issues on my own, the pain in my shoulders has gotten better and better. I wouldn't say it's exactly 100% yet, but I wasn't about to wait 1-3 years for it to get better on its own - not with EFT at my fingertips!

Blessings,

Carol Solomon, Ph.D. MCC

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