Tapping is Helping People with Chronic Pain
More than 100 million Americans manage chronic pain on a daily basis. Unfortunately, the key to feeling better is much more complicated than simply popping a pill. Realistically, the answer to reducing or eliminating pain involves a combined approach that incorporates key elements such as: medications, diet, exercise and other factors. Tapping for pain relief is one of those “other factors,” and it’s gotten a lot of good press recently. Why? People are saying that it works.
In fact, Harvard Medical School psychiatrist Rick Leskowitz, director of the Integrative Medicine Project at the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital and longtime tapping practitioner, said that tapping is “the most impressive intervention I’ve encountered in 25 years of work.”
The book The Tapping Solution for Pain Relief is a New York Times Bestseller. In the book, the author Nick Ortner presents EFT (emotional freedom techniques) that are designed to reduce or eliminate chronic pain. Backed by scientific research on pain, stress and tapping, Ortner reveals how tapping can be a viable solution in reducing pain in both the short- and long-term.
What is Tapping?
Tapping therapy stems from ancient Chinese Acupressure, combined with modern psychology. It works to simultaneously alter your brain, energy system and body.
“Acupoint tapping sends signals directly to the stress centers of the mid-brain, not mediated by the frontal lobes (the thinking part, active in talk therapy),” said Dr. Dawson Church, award-winning author on the topic of energy psychology. “EFT gives you the best of both worlds, body and mind, like getting a massage during a psychotherapy session,” he adds.
The tapping process involves first focusing your attention on what’s bothering you, whether it’s a negative emotion or physical pain. Then, as you focus on the issue, use your fingers to tap 5-7 times on your body’s meridian points (more on this later). Tapping on the meridian points while focusing on the issue works to restore your body’s energy back to a balanced state.
The Body’s Meridian Points
Your body consists of several meridian points, or points that are at the ends of energy meridians located just beneath the surface of your skin. In other words, these points on your body respond well to touch.
These are your body’s main meridian points used in tapping:
- Top of head
- Side of eye
- Under eye
- Under nose
- Under arm
Who Does Tapping Help?
Research suggests that tapping can help anyone with chronic physical or mental pain. It has also shown to help many war veterans to overcome PTSD. “EFT is on its way to being recognized as the treatment of choice for PTSD – quicker and more effective than anything else, with improvements not typically seen in standard medication or cognitive-behavioral therapy,” Leskowitz said.
Tapping isn’t just for vets, though. Lary Burk, M.D. a certified energy health practitioner, wrote in Huffington Post piece, “The Tipping Point for Tapping: EFT Goes Mainstream:”
“Considering the epidemic of trauma around the world, it is important for everyone to learn to tap and heal themselves, not only health care professionals, but also laypeople.”