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How To Overcome Migraines With EFT Tapping?

Overcome Migraines with EFT Tapping

EFT Tapping For Migraines

Your search for proven techniques on migraines brought you here? In this blog, we’re going to discuss how you can recognize migraines, how to differentiate between ordinary headaches from migraine headaches, and what is the cure for this medical condition.

Do you suffer from migraines?

Do you feel it is more than just a headache?

Headaches are not uncommon, every person will experience at least one headache in their lifetime. However, there’s a thin line separating ordinary headaches from migraine headaches: throbbing pain.

Ordinary headaches do cause pain. They are generally associated with fatigue, insufficient sleep, stress, and allergens. These 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 exemplar 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”. 

Andrew Levy


WHAT IS A MIGRAINE?

Overcome Migraines with EFT Tapping

Migraines are defined as a neurological condition characterized 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 heritable in nature, migraines often run in families. How long a migraine may last varies from person to person. To give you an idea about it, 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.

Basic Mechanism of Migraines

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 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?

Signs and symptoms of migraines

There are four phases associated with migraines; each phase consisting of its own set of signs and symptoms. The phases are as follows:

1.

Prodrome

Beginning with the earliest phase—Prodrome. It starts somewhere around one to two days before the pain phase.

Symptoms include:

  • Constipation
  • Food cravings
  • Neck stiffness
  • Frequent yawning
  • Mood swings or mood changes, from depression to euphoria
  • Increased thirst and urination

2.

Aura

Aura is one of those phases which can either occur before a migraine attack or during the pain phase.

Symptoms include:

  • Visual disturbances, such as flashes of light, bright spots or shapes
  • Loss of vision
  • Feeling of pins and needles in an arm or leg
  • Weakness in one side of the body or face
  • Trouble speaking
  • Auditory disturbances, such as hearing noises or music
  • Involuntary spasms or other movements

3.

Attack

The phase that we alluded to above as the pain phase is also known as the attack phase. This is where the throbbing headache kicks in and it can last up to 72 hours if left untreated.

Symptoms of attack phase include:

  • A throbbing headache, usually on one side of the head, but sometimes on both
  • Sensitivity to light, sound, and sometimes smell and touch
  • Nausea and vomiting

4.

Post-drome

When the migraine passes and the pain phase begin to subside, the post-drome phase arrives. During this phase, you may feel drained or elated. There’s hardly anything in between.

HOW TO CURE MIGRAINES?

Sadly, there is no perfect cure for migraines. Hence, aiming to get rid of it completely is not a healthy perspective to have.

In fact, accurate diagnosis is difficult, especially when symptoms are brain-induced. Let me introduce you to the concept of triggers.

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
  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Family friction
  • The end of a loving relationship
  • Spending too much time alone
  • Being judged, criticized, teased, or put down
  • Financial problems, unexpected bills
  • Physical illness
  • Sexual harassment
  • Being yelled at
  • Aggressive-sounding noises or exposure to anything that makes you feel uncomfortable
  • Being around those who have treated you badly
  • Certain smells, tastes, or noises

Take a moment to check in with yourself. Are you currently having such feelings about anything or anyone in your life?

You may or may not have such triggers associated with medical conditions. But if you do, it is necessary to heal yourself the right way.

Following steps are advisable:

1.

Work on surface symptoms until you uncover the root cause.

2.

Work on emotional themes related to not feeling loved/valued.

3.

Uncover past traumatic experience when you felt unwanted /unloved/criticized/judged/badly treated.

4.

Jog down the memory lane to find limiting beliefs and reverse them. This is an extremely crucial step. Limitations could be rooted in how you felt about your condition. (For example, feeling awful because of terrible headaches.)

5.

Think about the time when you lived without headaches and stress and complete a lifetime without trauma. 

6.

Then, program every cell of your body to reset it to having complete health.

7.

Step into the future and notice how different it is, embedding all the positive changes in the body and mind.

Emotional Freedom Techniques

Does this idea of working on limiting beliefs and convincing yourself for positive outlook excite you? Then I think it's time to introduce you to Emotional Freedom Techniques.

WHAT IS 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 end-points while speaking out specific statements.

For over 5000 years, humans have known the healing properties of this technique. The extensive use of EFT for treatments can also be understood from the following features:

  • Easy to learn
  • Flexible enough to use
  • Quick technique with long-lasting results

The root cause of the migraine pain could be 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.

Common acupuncture points used in EFT are:

  • Karate chop point on the hand
  • Eyebrow
  • Temple
  • Under the nose
  • Chin
  • Collarbone
  • 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.

As we explore EFT for ourselves, we can become more aware of our thoughts, beliefs, and emotions.

For those new to the concept of EFT, if you would like to experience the power of EFT Tapping first hand, just download the EFT Tapping Booklet below.

New to EFT? Learn how Emotional Freedom Technique Tapping heals.

Emotional Freedom Techniques (tapping) is clinically proven to lower stress, tension, anxiety, past-trauma to enable health, happiness and vitality.

EFT TAPPING FOR MIGRAINES

If you are a patient yourself, or healing a client, use the following steps:

Step 1:

First use EFT tapping on what the migraine headache feels like

Explore the physical sensations in the body associated with the headache and use the physical tension tapping process to reduce the sensations.

Later, use the EFT tapping points process taught in detail during the EFT practitioner training online.

1.

To get started, begin by investigating the physical nature of migraine headache.

Connect with the symptoms and notice where you feel sensations in the body.

Ask yourself the following questions and write them down if you want:

  • How does it feel to have a migraine?
  • What makes me anxious about migraines?
  • What negative beliefs does the migraine headache trigger in me?
  • If I were no longer anxious or worried about migraines, what would my routine activities look like?

Now, bring into your awareness a time when you felt affected by migraine headaches. Briefly, you can also ask yourself the following questions to explore further:

  • What triggered you the most?
  • Where in the body did you experience migraine pain triggering?
  • What is the colour, texture, size, and shape of the pain in the body?
  • What are the sensations like? For example, rough or smooth.

2.

Measure the level of headache by asking: 

"What number is the headache at, where 10 is really high and 1 is not high at all."

Answer whatever comes to your mind at the moment, don't overthink it.

3.

Begin by tapping on the Karate chop or side of the hand EFT tapping points:

“Even though I feel anxious when my migraine headache reappears and the medications that used to help me seemingly do not have an effect, as usual, I deeply and completely love and accept myself."

Repeat this 3 times.

4.

Start tapping on the upper body, facial and finger EFT Tapping points for migraine headache using these phrases:

  • Eyebrow: This pain...
  • side Of the Eye: So painful...
  • Under the eye: Pain in my chest..
  • Under the nose: It's a red colour...
  • Chin: At a number 6...
  • Collarbone: So rough...
  • Under the arm: This pain...
  • Thumb: I feel it in my chest...
  • Index Finger: So painful...
  • Middle Finger: Really painful...
  • Little Finger: The colour red...

5.

Close the sequence by coming back to the EFT Karate Chop tapping points and repeat once: 

“Even though I feel anxious when my migraine headache reappears and the medications that used to help me seemingly do not have an effect, as usual, I deeply and completely love and accept myself.”

6.

Relax:

Take a gentle breath in, release it out, and take a sip of water.

7.

Test:

At the end of the EFT Tapping, you can ask yourself the following questions:

  • Now, what number is the pain at?
  • What happens when you think about your migraine?
  • How does it make you feel?

If it has reduced to a level that you're satisfied with, you can stop. Or you can repeat this process by going back to Step 1 if you feel like the number could come down a little more.

Step 2:

Discover past experiences of painful feelings caused by migraine headaches and clear them. 

Explore memories related to the migraine headaches and use the 'Tell the Story & the Movie Technique' to clear it.

To uncover the memories linked to the symptoms of migraine, you can ask questions like:

  • When have you felt these sensations before?
  • What do these sensations remind you of?
  • When did the sensations start? What happened?
  • Was there ever a time when you did not experience these symptoms?
  • What can trigger and bring on the symptoms?

Identify past events linked to the feeling of these symptoms and resolve them with the help of tapping therapy.

You can ask the following questions:

  • When have you felt the symptoms before?
  • What triggers the symptoms in you?
  • Who or what triggers the feelings associated with the symptoms?

These questions will identify your past experiences associated with the migraine pain.

Step 3:

Explore any limiting beliefs that prevented you from being pain-free

Limiting beliefs are thoughts that can be conscious or unconscious and can end up becoming responsible for self-sabotage, procrastination, and low self-esteem in an individual.

For pain, first uncover the limiting beliefs which can either be at the surface level or emerging from a deeper root cause, which are often the repressed memories.

Explore deeply the themes that make your experience difficult. For example, you can ask yourself:

  • What makes me feel angrier?
  • What makes me feel more stressed?
  • What makes me more bothered about others?
  • What makes me feel it’s going to be ok?

Then replace the negative beliefs with more empowering ones.

For example,

  • “Something bad is going to happen” to “Everything is going to be OK."
  • "It is not safe" to "I am safe now."

Follow the tapping sequence after this.

Step 4:

Close with positive EFT Tapping:

Examples of a positive tapping sequence might be:

  • “Even though I felt painful, now, I am open to feeling pain-free.”
  • “Even though it’s really hard and I worried about it, what if I could relax now?”
  • “Even though when I get angry and frustrated and it makes it worse, I know it’s going to be ok, it gets better. I know it’s going to be ok.”
  • “Even though I was living with this pain for many months, now, I open myself to the possibility of being pain-free."
Positive EFT Tapping

HOW TO OVERCOME MIGRAINES?

Today, all of our physical pain can be remedied or helped with the consumption of medically prescribed drugs and usage of therapies. Migraines can also be healed or prevented through medication.

We must understand that the relief received from these medications may be temporary. And can turn out to be harmful for us in the long run.

Hence, to avoid a situation of this sort, address your issue/ disease at its root cause. Emotional Freedom Technique is a very powerful alternative healing therapy that helps people heal physical or mental pain they usually experience.

Leading a healthy lifestyle is another way to reduce the frequency and severity of your migraines.

There are various natural ways and hacks to get relief from migraines that also promote healthy living.

Here are some few tips that I would like to suggest to ward off your pain arising from migraines:

1.

Create a calming environment

In order to calm down your nerves, you need to keep aside everything and find yourself a tranquil environment. Relax in a quiet room or under the shade of a tree. Use heating pads to relax tensed muscles.

2.

Work on your sleeping pattern

Individuals with migraines complain about trouble falling and staying asleep. Do you also wake up at night and find it difficult to go back to sleep? Waking up and going to bed at the same time every day is an extremely effective technique.

If your naps interfere with nighttime sleep, try avoiding it as much as you can. Minimize distractions in your bedroom and stop yourself from taking work to bed.

3.

Eat wisely

Every medical condition has a connection with the food we eat. Be consistent with an organic, balanced diet and avoid eating processed foods. Increase your consumption of seasonal fruits, vegetables, and other plant-based products in your diet.

If you suspect any food item triggering your migraines, eliminate them from your diet. Keeping a food journal will help you identify potential food triggers.

4.

Exercise regularly

Doing regular physical exercises such as yoga, swimming, cycling and gym workouts can help alleviate stress and anxiety. Moving your body causes proper blood circulation and release of certain chemicals like dopamine that block pain signals to your brain.

Maintaining a healthy weight through exercise and diet potentially reduces the risk of chronic headaches.

5.

Manage stress

Stress can take migraines to another level. Try not to overthink and focus as much as you can on regular work activities. Simplify your day and avoid doing things that cause you stress. Start taking out smaller chunks from your day and dedicate them to rejuvenate your mind and relax your soul.

Overcoming Migraines

Start making healthy choices in your life as much as you can because they will help you deal with migraines effectively.


“Remember this: You are the expert of your body”.

Sarah Hackley


You will gradually find the right combination of treatment/therapy only when you’ll give different combinations a try.

Conclusion

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.

Would you also like to learn how to use the EFT technique to help yourself or your loved ones overcome mental trauma?

This is the time to choose between fighting back and letting it beat you.

Continue to learn and explore!

Love,

Dr Rangana Rupavi Choudhuri (PhD)

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Discover how EFT Tapping can help you to self-heal or to become professionally qualified as a Certified EFT Practitioner. Emotional Freedom Techniques (Tapping) is clinically proven to lower stress, tension, anxiety, past trauma to enable health, happiness and vitality.

In summary, migraine headaches are not easy to deal with. When medications fail to provide you relief, astonishing results can be brought forward by the combination of lifestyle changes and EFT tapping. It helps you tap away all your deep-seated negative emotions, worries and thoughts and tune your body’s energy into a more positive flow. This is your sign to try out EFT therapy on yourself!


Disclaimer: The information on this website is purely for educational purposes and does not in any way replace the requirement for medical and psychological diagnosis and treatment. Please do seek professional medical and psychological diagnosis and advice for all medical and mental health conditions. It is advised to always book any consultations with qualified professionals.


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