EFT is a natural, self-help approach to headache relief. The good thing about using EFT for headaches is that unlike painkillers, you do not need to worry about overdoing it. You can use it as often as you like and as many times a day as you need. There are no side-effects.
What words to use when using EFT for a headache
People often have difficulty finding the right words to use when tapping for a headache.
To make it easier for you, I have compiled some of the best EFT tap-along videos from all over the Internet. I have personally tapped along to these videos to test their effectiveness, on different occasions when I have had a headache.
What if you can’t tap on the head / face
It often happens that when you have a headache, tapping on the head or anywhere on the face is the last thing you feel comfortable doing. To some, a gentle tapping movement helps relieve pressure, but to others it can feel like Tapping is only adding to the pounding that is already happening in the head.
If yours is the latter case, you could try a shorter method that I use. Cross your arms and place the palms of your hands on the sides of your body. So your right hand will end up on the left side of the rib cage and vice versa. Then, tap with alternating patting movements on both sides of the body. That is, keeping your arms crossed, pat one side of the rib cage, then the other and keep going.
This shortcut targets the spleen meridian (energy channel) which relaxes the body as a whole while also relieving mental stress. You could also touch the tapping points, or massage them.
Will the pain go away immediately?
Sometimes yes, sometimes no. If the pain level keeps decreasing as you continue to tap, then you should be able to bring it down to zero or a tolerable level.
However, it is also possible that as you continue to tap, you find that you are no longer able to focus on the headache anymore – the pain is there, but your mind keeps wandering off to other things as if it is experiencing difficulty focusing on the pain.
This is a good sign and it shows Tapping is working. It is distracting you from the pain (although this is not the only way Tapping works to relieve pain, mind you).
This can also be seen as a sign that you can stop tapping, take a walk or get busy doing something else. The pain will melt away over time. After a period of time, you may notice that the pain is no longer there.
A lot of the suffering we experience is because of our inability to take our mind off it. Once the mind is distracted enough, a headache often goes away.
What if pain increases?
It can happen that during the course of tapping, headache can come down a bit, only to rise again, perhaps with greater intensity. This can make people stop tapping immediately and feel disappointed that EFT doesn’t work for their headaches. This is not entirely true.
If it ever happens in your case, treat it as a sign that your body is communicating with you and that you touched a raw nerve, not physically, but emotionally.
Go back and try to recall what emotions, thoughts, memories were floating in your mind when this pain shot up again. Focus on those thoughts and continue tapping through it. Most likely, the pain will go down, and you may feel a sigh of relief, like something apart from the headache, something from your past, that was weighing you down, has also finally released.
Should I take a painkiller or not?
EFT does not stop you from using common sense. When the head is pounding with pain, and you can no longer take it, in my humble opinion, it is totally fine to take a painkiller. And then use EFT alongside to address the pain and what’s behind it.
Using alternative therapies such as EFT does not mean you have to suffer and sacrifice. This only builds resentment over time.
How to get the best results
The secret of EFT lies in your ability and willingness to focus as realistically as possible on the problem at hand, in this case, in the head. As you tap along, be in firm contact with any thoughts, images, memories, sensations that describe your pain. This can feel counter intuitive because the pain is exactly what you are trying to get rid of, but trust me, the pain will dissolve away faster if you do this.
Do not run from the pain, tap your way through it and you will come away with a lighter head and a lighter heart, I promise.
EFT for a Severe Headache
This video by Dr. Rani Bora is a very gentle and comforting way of easing into tapping if you are experiencing a severe migraine / tension / cluster headache. She takes you through a series of tapping rounds, ending it with a positive round to bring it all together.
EFT for a Tension Headache
A tension headache is the most common type of headache. It feels like there is a lot of pressure in the head and the back of the neck, behind the eyes or near the temples arises due to muscle tightness in these areas. This headache can be caused by stressful situations, sleep deprivation, mental exertion, allergies, smells, caffeine withdrawal and hunger.
Following is a video tap-along with EFT practitioner Julie Schiffman to relieve a tension headache. It will help you release both mental and physical stress that is behind your headache. Go over the video, tapping along, as many times as you need.
Addressing physical and emotional stress
This video by Robyn Chuter will help you through a couple rounds of EFT addressing both the physical sensation and the emotional pressure that could be behind the pain. It is about 7 minutes along, but you can go over it as many times as you need until you find relief.
Resolving the root cause of headaches
Watch and tap along with this video and you will see a superb example of working on a headache at the same time as resolving the real reason you get headaches in the first place.
The video is over 20 minutes long, but very informational when it comes to getting to the bottom of a headache. It talks about a migraine headache, but really can be used for any other kind as well.
- Some EFT practitioners suggest you take deep breaths. If taking in a deep breath increases the pain, don’t despair. Instead of taking in deep breaths, breathe in normally and make the exhales slower and longer. They can be just as relaxing if not more.
- Take your time doing the Karate Chop tapping before going for the face and body points. The Karate Chop lies along the small intestine meridian and this tapping on its own can relieve some of the pressure in the back of the neck and shoulders that the small intestine meridian passes through.
- If you want to try something a little crazy, check out my hairbrush tapping for headaches.