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Back Pain Relief: Use the Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT)

Updated on January 31, 2012

Achieve lasting Back Pain Relief with the Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT)

Why is back pain so common yet Doctor's continue to find no physical cause? Whether it's lower back pain or upper back pain, often x-rays and other scans reveal no physical trauma that can explain the pain you're experiencing.

Modern medicine is slowly acknowledging that there is an emotional component that affects our backs which their instruments can not measure. Once this emotional component is cleared, the back pain is often relieved or completely gone. Physical therapies, if still required, are then more permanent and lasting.

You can treat the emotional component of back pain using the most successful health innovation in the last 100 years - the Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT).

About the Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT)

The most successful health innovation in the last 100 years!

The Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) have taken Einstein's discoveries (that everything is energy, including the human body) and married them with the ancient tradition of acupuncture.

The success of EFT lies in the balancing of the body's subtle energies that flow through the body, in much the same way as blood flows through veins. This balancing is done with an elegant sort of emotional acupuncture. Instead of using needles, specific points on the body are stimulated by tapping with the fingertips.

EFT is so simple that it can be easily learned by anyone and self-applied. Some cases are more complex, however, and may require assistance from an experienced EFT Practitioner.

How do you use EFT to relieve Back Pain?

Following these easy instructions

EFT is done by using your fingertips to tap on easily found acupressure points on the body. These points are shown in the pictures below and are described in detail here. The points are the same on both sides of the face and body.

Please note that the points used here are considered a 'shortcut' method to the original EFT Basic Recipe described in the free EFT Manual.

The tapping is done with the same firmness as you might type on the computer keyboard. Use the middle three fingers of either hand when tapping so that you don't need to be worried about the exact location of the points. Use both hands and tap on both sides at the same time is preferable.

The tapping is combined with a focusing phrase that keeps your mind on one problem at a time, in this case, your back pain. When we focus on the problem and tap on the acupressure points, the energy system in our body is balanced giving physical and emotional relief.

Example focusing phrases for your back pain might be:

  • this dull lower back pain
  • this sharp pain behind my left hip
  • this throbbing pain between my shoulder blades
The more specific you can be about the location and feel of the pain the better. Use something simple to start with.

EFT Step-by-Step

Before starting the procedure, take a reading of how bad the back pain is now so that you can tell if there is any change. You do this by picking a number on a scale from 0 - 10, where 0 is pain free and 10 is the very painful. If you are unsure of the number then guess, as this will usually be the correct number. Write the number down so that you can compare it after applying a few rounds of EFT.

  1. On a scale of 0-10, where 10 is the worst, how bad the back pain is now? Write down this number.
  2. Start and continue tapping on the Karate Chop point while saying your focusing phrase followed by "...,I deeply and completely accept myself". For example:

    "Even though I have this dull lower back pain, I deeply and completely accept myself."

    Repeat this phrase two more times while continuing to tap on the Karate Chop point:

    "Even though I have this dull lower back pain, I deeply and completely accept myself."

    "Even though I have this dull lower back pain, I deeply and completely accept myself."

  3. Move on to the remaining tapping points, from the head down, tap a few times while saying your focusing phrase. So, for example, start tapping on the top of the head and say "this lower back pain" Then move to the eyebrow point, start tapping, and say "this lower back pain". Continue until you have tapped on each of the illustrated tapping points. Remember to use a phrase that describes the location and feel of your specific pain. Do 5 or 6 rounds on all the points then move to the next step.
  4. Take another reading of the back pain on a scale of 0-10 and compare this to the questions (a), (b), and (c) below:

  5. Is the new number lower than the one you wrote down in Step 1 i.e. has the back pain reduced? Great! Repeat the steps 1-4 until the number is at zero or doesn't go any lower.
  6. Is the number the same but the pain has now moved or changed in some way? Awesome! You're making progress. Make up a new focusing phrase to describe the new feeling and repeat steps 1-4.
  7. Is the new number the same or higher than the number you wrote down in Step 1 i.e. has the feeling intensified in some way? STAY CALM. While you might think you have done something wrong, you have not. You are actually getting closer to the resolving the real issue behind the feeling. Please read the Advanced Notes below before repeating the procedure.<

Advanced Notes

Questions to explore the core issues

If, after a few rounds of tapping, the pain stays the same or intensifies then its time to put on your detective's hat and delve deeper into the problem. It is very likely there is an emotional memory related to the pain that you need to find. To aid in identifying the emotional issues behind the pain, ask yourself the following questions:

  • When did the pain first start? What was happening in your life at that time?
  • What time in your life does that pain remind you of?
  • Who does the pain remind you of?
  • Did you have an accident that caused the pain initially? What was it?
  • If the pain had a colour, sound, shape, or feeling what would they be?
If you have trouble coming up with something, try guessing what this could be about as this will usually be the right thought.

Now that you have some answers, make up a new focusing phrase integrating your answers to the questions e.g. "this car accident back pain", or "this divorce back pain", or "this stress at work pain", or "this red sharp anger back pain". Repeat the tapping steps 1-4 with this new focusing phrase. Do 5 or 6 rounds with this new focusing phrase and then again evaluate your results.

With persistence and artistry, EFT will often achieve lasting results when nothing else has worked!

There's much more to EFT

You ain't seen nothing yet!

EFT is the most successful health innovation in the last 100 years and works for every emotional and physical issue you can name including:

trauma or abuse, stress or anxiety, PTSD, fears or phobias, depression, addiction, allergies, ADD/ADHD, anger management, headaches, back pains, or breathing difficulties

Even though EFT appears simple, correctly and artfully applied, EFT often gets results when nothing else has worked.

Find out more about EFT and Tap4Health.

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      thetappingman lm 

      5 years ago

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      5 years ago

      great info! Very interesting to see how eft could really effect back pain! Hmm I will have to try this maybe it will allow me to kick my back brace....I was looking at getting a new back brace does anyone have any ideas or suggestions?

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      6 years ago

      good info!

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      makorip lm 

      6 years ago

      Totally new concept to me, even though I've had acupuncture. This lens was stimulating enough for me to seek an EFT practitioner in the Seattle area

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      6 years ago

      Great job on the lens. Very informative

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      6 years ago

      This is an awesome lens!

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      7 years ago

      I think EFT is fascinating, and I always like reading more about it. Thanks!

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      7 years ago from South Africa

      Will definitely be giving it a try - thanks for this

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      7 years ago

      Very interesting and helpful. Thank you.

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      7 years ago

      Very interesting, I will refer back as I think it will be beneficial

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      7 years ago

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      7 years ago

      I'm an EFT level 2 practitioner so I can appreciate just how helpful your lens is to people.

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      Sensitive Fern 

      7 years ago

      I've tried EFT but sometimes get confused about what phrases to say and some of the other details like that. Your lens outlines what to do really well. Blessed!

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      8 years ago

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      June Campbell 

      8 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      Great lens. I don't use EFT for back pain because I don't have back pain -- but I have used it tor many, many other purposes, and with great success. I hope the people reading your page will be open minded enough to give this wonderful therapy a chance. I'm linking to you from the lens on back pain that I am building.

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      9 years ago

      EFT brings innovative therapy to back pain and a host of other medical conditions as well. Its healing effects touch on both the physical and emotional levels, often working where nothing else can. EFT training is perfectly adaptable to personal specifics and consistently achieves positive outcomes for many practitioners or patients.

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      9 years ago

      I like step by step guides thanks man ^_^

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      9 years ago

      for some reason, my link in my kudos to you isn't a link. this might be something only you can do..?? hmmm...

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      9 years ago

      Great lens, "tapping man"! I've heard of EFT, but found your lens in my research, and am impressed! Great info, you set it out well, very informative, easy to understand, and I love the subject. I'm always interested in learning more about alternative treatment methods. Love it!

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      9 years ago

      Thanks so much for this wonderful lens! *Smile*

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      10 years ago

      Absolutely brilliant lens - I use EFT on my patients, being a Chiropractor since 1991, I know from experience this works, especially with stress related back pain. You may still need to use some more physical techniques to help retrain your physical body - but EFT is a huge part in this also.

      Feel free to check out my back pain blog for some tips, advice and help for back pain.

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      10 years ago

      Very good lens.

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      10 years ago

      everyone with backpain should give eft a try. I may feel awkward initially, but you'll get used to it. After all there's no cost to it

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      10 years ago

      Hope you don't mind my linking to you! Nice lens

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      10 years ago


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      Great information, I put this lens on my lensroll at Backpain Relief.


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      I luv this lens! I bookmarked it and am using it as a reference when I am in pain!~


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      11 years ago

      Although I had suffered a physical trauma to my back I had no idea that some of my back pain was emotional as well after seeing Rod I have been able to significantly reduce the amount of morpheine I have had and my expensive chiro


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