EFT, EMOTIONAL FREEDOM TECHNIQUE ALTERNATIVE THERAPY FOR PAIN…

EFT short for Emotional Freedom Techniques is a form of acupuncture that involves gently ‘tapping’ specific points on the body with fingertips to treat an emotional or physical symptom.

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The therapy is based on the theory that all negative emotions disrupt the body’s energy system and stimulating certain points will relieve the emotions. You can either go and visit a qualified EFT therapist or learn the technique yourself. It’s easy to learn and involves four stages.

It has been used to treat a wide range of emotional problems including anxiety, phobias and grief as well as physical aches and pains.

You can find lots of information from the Emofree site.

Wikipedia describes it as a ‘form of alternative psychotherapy that purports to manipulate the body’s energy field by tapping on acupuncture points’. Some call EFT ‘a new acupuncture without the needles’ and ‘energy psychology’. Success rates for EFT are not 100% but it certainly has a high success rate for some.

The Energy Therapy Centre in London explains the concept of EFT –

Often referred to as “Psychological acupressure”, the technique works by releasing blockages within the energy system which are the source of emotional intensity and discomfort. These blockages in our energy system, in addition to challenging us emotionally, often lead to limiting beliefs and behaviours and an inability to live life harmoniously. Resulting symptoms are either emotional and/ or physical and include lack of confidence and self-esteem, feeling stuck anxious or depressed, or the emergence of compulsive and addictive behaviours. It is also now finally widely accepted that emotional disharmony is a key factor in physical symptoms and dis-ease and for this reason, these techniques are being extensively used on physical issues, including chronic illness with often astounding results. As such these techniques are being accepted more and more in medical and psychiatric circles as well as in the range of psychotherapies and healing disciplines.

An EFT treatment involves the use of fingertips rather than needles to tap on the endpoints of energy meridians that are situated just beneath the surface of the skin. The treatment is non-invasive and works on the ethos of making a change as simple and as pain-free as possible.

EFT is a common sense approach that draws its power from Eastern discoveries that have been around for over 5,000 years. In fact, Albert Einstein also told us back in the 1920’s that everything (including our bodies) is composed of energy. These ideas have been largely ignored by Western Healing Practices and as they are unveiled in our current times, a human process is reopening itself to the forgotten truth that everything is Energy and the potential that this offers us.

In the short time since it’s inception by Gary Craig in the 1990’s, EFT has provided thousands of people with relief from all manner of problems and conditions, often in startlingly quick time and after long and painful periods of searching for a cure. The diversity of successful treatments have ranged from trauma and abuse, phobias, self-sabotaging behaviour patterns, to deep-set emotional conditions of anxiety and depression, addictions, physical illness, to name but a few.

EFT is drawing attention from the broad spectrum of healing professionals; from the scientists to the spiritualists and everyone in between. It is at the heart of the rejoining of the old and new paradigms.

EFT restores awareness and trust in the natural healing abilities of our mind and body, providing ground-breaking opportunities to achieving physical and emotional well-being in a faster time frame.

Because the techniques are so simple, they can be used effectively as a self-help tool, which empowers people to actively contribute to their own healing and development process. This facilitates a much faster relief process, previously believed impossible by healthcare professionals who advocated lengthy (& often painful) hours in psychotherapeutic or medical care, often with limited results. These techniques do not discredit the medical and psychotherapeutic professions, but rather serve to contribute to a holistic healing process.

It works by working on its discovery statement that:

Our negative emotions are caused by a disruption in the body’s energy system

EFT works to clear such disruptions and eliminate the resulting emotional response or intensity to restore emotional harmony and offer relief from physical discomfort.

This is done by focusing on the specific problem whilst tapping with fingers on the endpoints of energy meridians. The combination of sending kinetic energy to our energy system, whilst uncovering and focusing on root causes, facilitates a “straightening out” of the energy system thereby eliminating the “short circuit” to the body’s learnt response or negative emotion.

The EFT points in a helpful chart.

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WHAT IS A SLIPPED DISC?…

What is a slipped disc? Well, the spine’s vertebrae are separated by discs of cartilage which is made up of a tough outer ring with a soft jelly-like substance inside.

When you have a slipped disc, the soft part escapes between the vertebrae and can press on a nerve. The NHS point out that –

A slipped disc (also called a prolapsed or herniated disc) can cause:

  • lower back pain
  • numbness or tingling in your shoulders, back, arms, hands, legs or feet
  • neck pain
  • problems bending or straightening your back
  • muscle weakness
  • pain in the buttocks, hips or legs if the disc is pressing on the sciatic nerve (sciatica)

Axappp Health say that not all slipped discs cause symptoms. Many people will never know they have slipped a disc. Most people recover from a slipped disc. The spinal disc usually shrinks back and stops pushing on the nerve. In some cases, however, the disc can keep pressuring the nerve. Recovery can take, usually between one and three months.

Some of the causes of a slipped disc include age as our spinal discs degenerate over the years through wear and tear.

Another cause could be that the disc is damaged through strain and pressure. If you lift or bend awkwardly or injure your back in an accident this could cause a disc to prolapse.

Smoking, obesity and a sedentary lifestyle could all be factors in a slipped disc as well as sports that involve a lot of weights.

 

M.E. MYALGIC ENCEPHALOMYELITIS AWARENESS WEEK 6th-12th MAY. 2019…

ME Awareness Week will run from 6th to 12th May 2019 with many activities focused on ME Awareness Day itself (Sunday 12th May). The focus of the ME Association’s awareness campaign for 2019 will be the Real M.E.

Promoting REAL stories and photos from REAL people, telling the world about the REAL disease that is M.E!  We’ll be sharing many of the hundreds of photographs and stories that you have sent to us, showing how this cruel disease can vary so much in intensity and severity both from person to person and even from one minute to the next for each person affected.

ME Association fundraisers are busy working up their madcap ideas for how they will Go BLUE in 2019.

Why BLUE?  Because blue is the internationally accepted and recognised colour of M.E. Awareness. How you GO BLUE is entirely up to you… How far you go BLUE is also entirely up to you. Just do all you can to colour in this cruel invisible illness….

Here are some ideas from ME Association -BLUE faces, BLUE hair, BLUE nails, BLUE themed raffle, BLUE profile photographs on social media, BLUE tongues, BLUE balloons tied to garden gates, Bake sales, plant sales, tea parties, supermarket and shopping centre collections, walks, concerts, orienteering, fun days… of perhaps a virtual BLUE Sunday.

People with M.E. disappear from society and can easily be forgotten and overlooked. Our mission for ME Awareness Week is to rectify that with our Real M.E. campaign. With your help.

Please share REAL stories and images far and wide between 6th and 12th May.

Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (M.E.) is a long-term (chronic) fluctuating illness that affects many parts of the body, more commonly the nervous and immune systems. It may be diagnosed as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS).

What is M.E.?

Symptoms vary from person to person but can include:
Physical and mental exhaustion (fatigue), which feels very different from ordinary tiredness
Post-exertional malaise: this means that any physical or mental activity can bring on an increase in symptoms, but not straight away
Intense muscle or joint pain
Inability to speak or concentrate
Extreme flu-like symptoms
Sleep disturbance
Dizziness and/or nausea
Hyper-sensitivity to light and sound.

Many people still believe that M.E. is all in the mind. This is simply untrue. Research has found potential biomarkers (physical evidence) for M.E. but much more research needs to be done to confirm the cause (or causes) and a cure.

Why should you care?

M.E. can affect anyone. It doesn’t care how old or young you are, or where you come from. People of any age, including children, can get M.E. It currently affects 1 in 250 people in the UK alone.

Some manage to struggle on with their lives. Others spend most of their time bedbound or housebound, unable to perform basic functions unaided.

One of the biggest frustrations expressed by people with M.E. is that family, friends, the media and even doctors often don’t believe their illness is real, or fail to understand just how debilitating it is. With your help, they can change this.

 

 

13 INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT BACK PAIN…

Here are thirteen facts about back pain that you may not know.

Back pain

1. Back pain costs the NHS approximately £12.3 billion per year on back pain related costs, with £1.6 billion spent on treatments.

2. Back pain is one of the most common reasons for missed work. In fact, it is the second most common reason for visits to your GP.

3. Most back pain cases are mechanical and non-organic which basically means it’s NOT caused by a serious condition, but rather from poor posture and poor use of your body.

4. Low back pain is the second most reason to visit to your GP.

5. Back pain is the most frequent cause of limited activity in people younger than 45 years old.

6. Experts estimate that as many as 80% of the population will experience back pain at some point in their lives. 30% of those will have recurring problems.

7. Most back pain goes away on its own, whether or not you treat it with medication or other therapies.

8. According to the Office for National Statistics, almost 31million work days were lost in the UK in 2016 due to musculoskeletal problems and back pain. 

Back pain

9. Bed rest is NOT helpful for the back pain.

10. Exercise is good and safe for back pain. 

11.  Maintaining a healthy weight will help prevent back pain. 

12. Surgery is rarely needed for back pain

13. Your back is stronger than you think.

 

TREATING ACUTE PAIN BEFORE IT TURNS INTO CHRONIC PAIN…

Although acute back pain can be frustrating to live with, they say that you should try to remain as positive as possible. Research has shown that people with a positive mental attitude tend to have quicker recovery times and are much less likely to progress from acute to chronic back pain.

For acute back pain, they say you should remain as active as possible. If you find it too painful to return to your normal daily activities immediately, pace yourself and aim to do a little more each day.

Going back to work can help you to return to a normal pattern of activity, and it can often distract you from your symptoms of pain so don’t wait until all the pain has gone before you go back.

People with back pain find that using either hot or cold compression packs helps to reduce pain. Personally, I prefer heat rather than ice.

Placing a small firm cushion beneath your knees when you are sleeping on your side, or using several firm pillows to prop up your knees when lying on your back, may also help to ease your symptoms.

If the symptoms persist then go and see your GP or a professional chiropractor or physiotherapist.