As I anticipated at the beginning of the declared pandemic, I have been seeing a lot of low back pain in the clinic. And let me tell you Acupuncture to treat it works wonders. In addition to or should you not have the opportunity to work with a skilled Acupuncturist, a little tapping on 9 specific acupuncture points on the body can go a long way to freeing yourself of back pain and really so much more as well.
When you start messing with peoples basic and fundamental needs, there are going to be repercussions. The side effects of living through a pandemic where jobs are lost, Mom's and Dad's are working from home together, kids are home schooling, wages are being cut, bonuses gone, wages freezes being declared, most definitely changes the 'norm' of any household. All these dynamics challenge integral elements that many homes are built on. These elements put strain on finances and relationships and inevitably bring up our insecurities. When we start feeling less safe, secure and supported, we tend to be less grounded, live more from a space of fight or flight, experiencing high levels of fear or stress, addictions, depression, obsessive disorders or an extreme need for control. Particularly the masculine energy will become more rigid. Domestic violence will continue to increase as long as these fundamentals aspects are out of balance.Essentially, these are all elements of the root chakra. Physically, this chakra relates to the spine, kidneys, adrenal glands, immune system, skeletal system and reproductive organs. Low back pain is one of the most common ailments associated with an unbalanced first (root) chakra. And it is for these reasons that I anticipated seeing an increase in low back pain in the clinic.
Some other common complaints can include: cold hands and feet, frequent urination, unusual bedwetting, high-blood pressure, anxiety, difficulties with the feet, legs or hips, low sex drive, and infertility or impotence.Whether you have low back pain or can relate to some other ailment, talking and tapping may be just what you need to lessen your pain, ground yourself, begin nourishing yourself once again, become brave enough to have tough conversations, find your sense of belonging, and simply bring things back to the basics of loyalty, honor, love and care to your family. It is important that we all find the strength to withstand the challenges of these difficult times.
Tapping is also know as Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT Tapping) and Meridian Tapping Therapy and is the simple and precise pattern of tapping 9 acupressure points on the body while simultaneously focusing on the pain or difficult emotional experience. Tapping Therapy stimulates the body’s own ability to release stored pain of any kind. Dr. Roger Callahan, the originator of tapping therapy, discovered that you could stimulate the instant release of pain and stored emotions. So how does this work, where do we tap and what do you say when doing so? Sign me up!
The first part of the tapping protocol is to close your eyes, focus on the pain, emotion or belief that you wish to release, and then determine on a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being high, how intense the pain, emotion or belief is.
Tapping was originally taught one-sided; meaning you can tap with either hand, firmly enough to feel it, on either side of the body. Most people tap with their dominant hand. You have completed a “round” of tapping when you’ve tapped on each of the 9 points.
To learn the locations of the 9 acupressure points used when tapping, download my free guide. Start by tapping the point on the side of your hand about 10 times while describing the physical pain, or hurt you are dealing with aloud. Repeat this process 3 times.
For example you may say something like, "This back pain is so tiring. I am in so much pain. My back aches and decreases my quality of life. How much longer can I live with this back pain?"Follow your statement of the pain or hurt with the affirmation “I deeply and completely love and accept myself.”
The words spoken for low back pain could look something like this:
"Even though I have this debilitating back pain, I deeply and completely love and accept myself." The words underlined in italics are for you to create unique statements that align with how you are feeling.
Once you've tapped the point on the side of the hand, while repeating something unique to your pain like the above statement 3 times, continue tapping on the other 8 points focusing only on the pain you are experiencing, not including the affirmation, “I deeply and completely love and accept myself”.
While tapping the remaining points 5 to 7 times firmly say a statement that keeps you focused on the emotion. For example, "My back pain is killing me." On the next acupressure point, you might say "If this pain doesn't stop I don't know what I am going to do." The main thing is to say a statement that is true to your pain. It does not have to be the same statement for each point.
Repeat the 9 point acupressure point sequence saying your phrases again and again until you feel the intensity has dropped down to a 1 or is totally gone.
Have you ever tried Tapping Therapy before? How did you feel after you did it? Even if you don't have low back pain, try it for some other kind of pain you might be experiencing and let me know how you felt after you did it.
I love this therapy because it is fast, impressively effective, doesn't cost you any money, and it's a tool that can be used and shared with your loved ones for a life time. It is a gift indeed!