EFT Tapping For Headaches: A Path To Overcoming Migraines
In this blog, you're going to learn about migraines, common triggers, signs and symptoms of migraines, and how to overcome migraines using EFT Tapping for headaches.
Do you suffer from migraines?
Do you feel it is more than just a headache?
Headaches are not uncommon, everyone experiences, at least, one headache in their lifetime. However, there's a thin line separating ordinary headaches or tension headaches from migraine headaches, which is, throbbing pain.
Ordinary headaches do cause pain. They are generally associated with fatigue, insufficient sleep, stress levels, and allergens. The ordinary headaches that generate pain signals hurting your head can be successfully reduced and treated with medications or rest.
A migraine, on the other hand, is a serious medical disorder generally identified by non-ordinary headaches. Pain is often used as the exemplary symptom of a migraine. It is difficult for non-migraine sufferers to even imagine the intensity of pain a single attack can cause.
“And then a throb hits you on the left side of the head so hard that your head bobs to the right...There's no way that came from inside your head, you think. That's no metaphysical crisis. God just punched you in the face”.
WHAT IS A MIGRAINE?
Migraines are defined as neurological conditions characterised by strong and recurring headaches.
They are typically identified by throbbing pain on one side of the head. However, it can also be both.
Being hereditary in nature, migraines often run in families. They can last from a few hours to a few days.
The intensity and susceptibility of migraine varies on an individual basis and is most likely determined by the number of genes inherited between families.
BASIC MECHANISM OF A MIGRAINE
There are several theories surrounding the basic mechanisms of migraines.
Migraine attack is known to initiate in the Central Nervous System (CNS) and gets triggered by a combination of genetic and environmental changes that make an individual more sensitive to environmental factors.
One of the hypotheses on how migraines work, suggests this complex disorder is caused by an unwanted interaction of nerve impulses, resulting in the release of chemicals that disrupt certain brain areas.
In fact, early PET studies have suggested the involvement of a migraine-active region in the brainstem (1).
If these episodic migraines, also known as less frequent headache episodes, are not treated early on, they transform into chronic migraines.
Studies suggest that these more frequent headache patterns are associated with abnormalities in the brainstem that may be progressive in nature (1).
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF MIGRAINES
Every disease or medical condition has a general pattern. The same is true for migraines.
The primary symptom of a migraine is a headache that can cause moderate to severe pain. But coming back to that question again, how can you distinguish between an ordinary headache and a migraine headache?
There are four phases associated with migraines; each phase consisting of its own set of signs and symptoms. The phases are as follows:
WHAT ARE THE COMMON TRIGGERS OF MIGRAINES?
Every individual has some frightening life experiences that start taking a toll on their lives and trigger them every time anything related to those events is discussed or displayed.
Some examples of common triggers are (2):
The anniversary dates of traumas and losses
Frightening news events
Too many tasks to do
The end of a loving relationship
Spending too much time alone
Being judged, criticised, teased, or put down
Financial problems, unexpected bills
Being yelled at
Being around those who have treated you badly
Certain smells, tastes, or noises
CAN YOU CURE PHYSICAL PAIN CAUSED BY MIGRAINES?
Sadly, there is no perfect cure for migraines. Thus, aiming to get rid of it completely is not a healthy perspective to have.
You can always work on reducing the pain caused by migraines using techniques like Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT).
WHAT IS EFT AND HOW TO CURE HEADACHE PAIN WITH EFT TAPPING?
EFT Tapping is a simple technique based on the principle of clearing negative emotions and liberating the body and mind from pent-up feelings.
It is a form of alternative therapy method involving intentional, gentle tapping with fingertips on acupuncture meridian endpoints while speaking out specific statements.
The root cause of the migraine pain could be the suppression of emotions and not being able to express yourself authentically. These stuck emotions disrupt energy in the meridians in our bodies.
EFT helps in revealing these emotions that have been buried inside for a long period and also helps in releasing them by tapping on the acupuncture points along with acknowledging the problem.
EFT TAPPING POINTS
The common acupuncture points used in EFT are:
- Top of the head
- Side of the eye
- Under the eye
- Under the nose
- Karate Chop point on the hand
- Under the arm
When tapping on these meridian points, while saying out statements aloud, calming responses reverberate through your body, allowing you to reprogram. Soon with EFT, a change in energy is experienced and you start recovering from the trauma faced initially.
EFT TAPPING FOR MIGRAINES
If you are a patient yourself or healing a client, use the following steps:
EFT tapping is not a way to force yourself into believing false affirmations. Rather, it is a technique you use to deal with mental issues by accepting yourself the way you are.
In other words, EFT allows your body's energy to tune itself into a more positive flow and does not let a disease overpower you.
As my students say, EFT tapping is indeed an amazing tool to help you deal with the pain and stress associated with migraines.
This is the time to choose between fighting back and letting it beat you.
Dr Rangana Rupavi Choudhuri (PhD)
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