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Pain Management

Mentally chasing the pain with EFT

Important Note: This article was written prior to 2010 and is now outdated. Please use my newest advancement, Optimal EFT. It is more efficient, more powerful and clearly explained in my free e-book, The Unseen Therapist™.  Best wishes, Gary

Hi Everyone,

Here is an important article by Detlev Tesch from Germany. He gives us yet more evidence (together with some useful how-to's) of the usefulness of mental or imaginary tapping. This EFT feature has been of substantial value for many people.

Hugs, Gary

By Detlev Tesch, EFT-ADV

Hello Gary,

Here's a personal report on EFT helping me take control of severe pain – mentally.  One day I woke up with a neck pain and a headache on the left side of my head.  I have had such neck pains come up occasionally for probably more than 20 years.  They are presumably caused by a vertebra (or more than one) moving out of position.

Quite often this leads to a headache which can sometimes grow into a severe, migraine-like pain. After years of taking a lot of painkillers I now tend to avoid pills and chemicals and so I have often just put up with the pain.  

I had already had some pain for two days.  While I had done a bit of tapping on the first day when it was quite bad, I didn't get very far with it.  I tend to get somewhat depressed with these severe pains and thus I hadn't been very enthusiastic about the tapping (no big surprise that I didn't get far).

Yet that day, waking up with the pain again, I didn't want to go through another day of aching. But, being tired from not having slept well AND unenthusiastic from feeling a bit depressed, I really didn't even feel like tapping.  Plus, tapping on my aching head did not feel good at all and even moving my arm for tapping was a nuisance.  Then I remembered, "imagine the tapping" from your excellent Ultimate Therapist DVDs and so I tried that.

I started with the setup at the karate chop point and then the short rounds, all in my imagination, feeling it vividly - tapping for the pain in the neck, for my spine, for the feeling of tension in my neck, then for the pain in my head.  When, on the 0 to 10 scale, the pain dropped considerably, from 9 or 10 to 6 or less, it began to move.

Starting with almost the entire left side of my head hurting it then was concentrated in the upper back part.  I mentally tapped for that.  The pain moved to a place in my forehead … then to a spot in my left cheek … to my teeth in the upper jaw … to a point on the back of my head … and so on. While I chased the pain with mental tapping it changed intensity, irregularly growing weaker or stronger.

It took me quite a while to reduce the pain to almost zero (talk about persistence...) and by then my neck felt almost free of tension.  I didn't seem able to make the tension subside completely. Also there were occasional short stabs of a fairly sharp pain that was locally very restricted, yet in different places.  Overall that was MUCH more bearable than the condition that I had experienced some 30 or maybe 50 minutes earlier.  So I started my day and the things I wanted to do.

After about three hours I noticed that I was completely free of pain and my neck felt quite comfortable.  What a joy!!  Since then there were a few occasions when I tapped physically for a neck pain, reducing it from, 8 out of 10 to 2.  Since it didn't budge any further I stopped tapping and one or two hours later noticed that it was all gone.

So, even if it isn't always a complete relief at the time of tapping it is sure worth doing it.  There is still a good chance it will get better after a while.

Hugs and all my best wishes

Detlev Tesch (EFT-ADV)


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