You don't have to suffer with pain or take an over-the-counter medication when you have a tension headache. A new study shows that emotional freedom techniques (EFT) — also known as tapping — can dramatically reduce discomfort in people who suffer with frequent tension headaches.
Researchers in Greece conducted a study of 35 people receiving treatment a headache clinic. One group of patients was taught how to do EFT on their own and told to tap twice a day. The control group had standard treatment but did not do EFT. At the end of eight-weeks, the researchers found that EFT cut the frequency of tension headaches by 62 percent and the intensity of these headaches by 60 percent. They published their results in the March/April 2013 issue of EXPLORE: The Journal of Science and Healing.
"This study involved a basic form of EFT, and participants experienced impressive results,” says Craig Weiner, DC, Director of The Chiropractic Zone Healing Center in Langley, Wash., in an exclusive interview with Examiner.com on March 14. Dr. Weiner also is an EFT coach. “Many patients see even greater improvements when they work with a skilled EFT practitioner who can help them neutralize the underlying negative emotions, thought patterns and limiting beliefs that cause or contribute to their headaches.”
This study is significant because it is among of the first to document that EFT helps relieve physical symptoms. Several important studies have already shown that EFT is an effective tool to help people cope with emotional issues. EFT is an innovative technique that involves focusing on a troubling issue while tapping on specific acupressure points.
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