How EFT tapping can help people with chronic pain

You may have already tried many methods to get relief from chronic physical symptoms, but if you are reading this, chances are that you are still looking to address your issue. In this article, I want to explore the transformative power of addressing the emotions underlying your chronic symptoms and why EFT tapping can have a profound effect in bringing a happier and healthier you. Having dealt with chronic back pain myself for eight years, I found that an important element for healing is to address the emotional part of the issue.

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How emotions are connected to chronic pain

When you go on a date, you may feel “butterflies” in your stomach. If you are feeling anxious about a work presentation, you may feel a “pressure” on your chest. That’s not a coincidence. Your body is connected to your mind, brain, and all of your senses. Your perception of a situation is a signal to your brain to release certain hormones, and therefore, you feel a certain way in your body.

When you experience pain that has become chronic (lasting for a period of three to six months or more), in over 90% of cases, your body is trying to “tell” you something. Your brain is perceiving a situation, person, or event as “too much” to handle, as a danger signal, and therefore producing a stress response and activating a pain pathway with the best intention to distract you from the emotion that is trying to emerge.

The link between emotions and chronic pain

Your body’s reaction to stress is not just mental; it manifests physically. For example, when you touch something hot, your brain sends a danger signal, and you react by pulling your hand away. Similarly, when you are stressed or emotionally distressed, your brain sends danger signals that can manifest as physical pain. Chronic pain often develops when these signals persist over a long period.

When you are under constant stress or emotional turmoil, your body remains in a heightened state of alertness. This constant state of stress can lead to muscle tension, reduced immune function, and changes in brain chemistry, all of which contribute to chronic pain. For instance, unresolved emotions such as anger, fear, or sadness can cause your brain to continually activate pain pathways as a way of signalling that something is wrong.


How EFT tapping helps to relieve chronic pain symptoms

EFT tapping, or Emotional Freedom Techniques, works by activating meridian points on your body with your fingertips at the same time that affirmations reflecting the way you feel are made. It builds a bridge, a connection, between your body, soul and emotions through your energy channels. When you do that, you can release what no longer serves you and process emotions and situations that have an emotional charge, sending a calming signal to your amygdala in the brain.

The science behind EFT tapping

Research has shown that EFT Tapping can significantly reduce stress and anxiety levels. By tapping on specific meridian points, you send signals to the limbic system, which is responsible for regulating emotions and the stress response. This can help to reduce the intensity of chronic pain by lowering the stress hormones that exacerbate pain symptoms.


Chronic pain is not just a physical issue; it is intricately linked with your emotions and stress levels. EFT Tapping offers a holistic approach to managing and relieving chronic pain by addressing the underlying emotional triggers. By incorporating EFT Tapping into your routine and looking for a practitioner, you can create a pathway to not only reduce pain but also achieve emotional freedom and overall well-being.

The views expressed in this article are those of the author. All articles published on Therapy Directory are reviewed by our editorial team.

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Written by Bibiana Abreu
Fleet GU52 & Farnborough GU14

Bibiana Abreu is a EFT Tapping Practitioner, MBIR ( Mindfulness Based Inner Repatterning ) Practitioner. She specializes in treating Neuroplastic Pain and Anxiety.

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