I am often asked about using EFT for headaches. Where to start? Perhaps we should look at what has been categorised as the main different types of headache .
- Tension headache
- Chronic headache
- Tension headaches can be caused by environmental stress, bad posture, fatigue and often occur with women at the start of a period.
- Chronic headaches occur for more than 15 days a month and can be caused by the same factors as tension headaches and also by taking too many painkillers.
- Migraines can cause disturbed vision, throbbing pain in one part of the head and are often accompanied by nausea. Migraines are more common with women than with men and are thought to be a linked with hormonal changes, including taking the contraceptive pill. Stress is also known to be a big factor here.
Prevention of all these types of headaches include eating healthily at regular times and staying hydrated, keeping sleep patterns regular, checking your diet to see if anything is having an adverse effect, maintaining good posture, taking regular exercise such as walking, yoga or tai chi, which will help to keep stress levels down.
Avoid taking painkillers too often.
Taken from Gary Craig’s EFT Manual “EFT is based on the discovery that imbalances in the body’s energy system have profound effects on one’s personal psychology. Correcting these imbalances, which is done by tapping on certain body locations, often leads to rapid remedies”. There have been studies done with EFT and the reduction of pain, in which the process has been proven to be successful in many cases.
Simple tapping on the EFT points whilst expressing what is happening with the pain and your feelings about this pain, can be effective in reducing it. Ask yourself:
Is the pain sharp, throbbing or a dull ache?
Where is it located in your head?
Rate the pain on a scale of 0 – 10, 10 being very painful.
Here is an example tapping sequence you can use:
Tap continuously on the Karate Chop point whilst saying – “Even though I have this sharp/throbbing/aching pain in my forehead/eye/side of my head/back of my head/whole head, I deeply and completely accept myself.”
Top of the head – This throbbing pain in the back of my head (or whatever it is that you feel and where)
Inside of eyebrow – Let it go away
Side of the eye – This terrible throbbing pain in the back of my head (or whatever it is that you feel and where)
Under the eye – I just can’t cope with this
Under the nose – My head is so painful
Chin – I hate this pain
Collarbone – This throbbing pain
Under the arm – This throbbing pain in the back of my head
Top of the head – I choose to let this pain go and fill my head with peace
If your own words to describe the pain and how you feel come up for you – use them in the tapping sequence.
Repeat this tapping sequence for three rounds.
Take several deep breaths
Rate the pain now from 0 – 10.
The pain may have reduced in intensity and also may have moved to another part of your head. If there is no change repeat the process again, and if there is a change in intensity and where the pain is, reflect that in the words you use.