Introduction by Gary Craig Founder of EFT
Please send this one to your physician as it represents clear evidence that surgery can often be avoided when emotional causes are properly addressed. I know that violates many medical beliefs but we have too many success stories like this to ignore. Many thanks to Russell Cunningham from Australia for being persistent with his client and entering boldly into some intense emotional issues.
We’re often inspired by particular examples, to use EFT on conditions which appear to have a purely physical cause. Below is one such example.
Sally initially came to us a year ago with abusive relationship issues. She arrived nursing her arm and shoulder obviously in significant pain. Her job as a legal secretary involved carrying heavy books & files and was seen to be the primary cause of the problem. This shoulder pain had kept her from this work for 2 years and had not responded to physiotherapy, anti inflammatory drugs, pain killers, and a number of other therapies. She was due to have surgery to “burn out the nerves to her shoulder.” At rest she described the pain as 7/10 and attempting to raise the arm to shoulder level brought the pain up to 10/10. She was unable to lift her arm above shoulder level.
I asked her permission to focus on her shoulder problem first as this was likely to be connected with the relationship issues and it would be easier to clear other issues when she is pain free. Following another example from the CD’s I told her we had about 50:50 chance of success and that we would just experiment and see what results we get. (This helped take the pressure off both of us).
We started tapping on Even though I have “this shoulder pain”, “this ache in my shoulder”, “pain when I try to lift my arm” etc. after each round I would ask to describe the remaining pain and use her words. Pain intensity levels were dropping slowly and from the history of non response to other therapies I suspected a lot of PR. We mainly used the basic recipe plus the top of the head, with some short cuts and extra focus on KC, Sore spot, CB & Gamut.
I told Sally that I would guess some of the root causes, just keep tapping and saying what I say, trusting that if I’m not spot on her unconscious mind will adjust it to whatever is required. We continued tapping on “This is a physical problem and part of me can’t believe that tapping will fix it.”, “I don’t deserve to get better”, “I need this shoulder problem to get me out of the job I hate,” “I will loose my compensation payout if my shoulder gets better”……
Sally’s physiology was looking more relaxed with fewer creases on her forehead. I wasn’t stopping to get intensity levels on these, it seemed there were so many aspects we tapped pretty solidly for at least 20 minutes on these and similar issues…… Sally’s mum had been chronically ill and was looked after by Sally’s older sister. Sally was distraught when her sister left home and married Even though “I need this problem to get sympathy” “I need this pain to get love” “I need this pain to get attention”
At one point the pain shifted to her elbow in 2 rounds it went from 4/10 to 0.
“Even though I need this shoulder pain to avoid Geoff” (Her abusive partner who ran a brothel) She was looking much more relaxed the but shoulder pain seemed to be stuck at about 2.5/10 so I started being provocative, exaggerating suspected issues to bring up any remaining emotion. “Even though Geoff raped me” “Geoff treats me like a prostitute”….. “He only wants me for sex”…
After a total of 20 – 30 minutes Sally was able to raise her arm directly over her head for the first time in 2 years. There was no pain, just a minor discomfort she described as less than 1/10. Sally cancelled her surgery, her shoulder continued pain free. We had several more sessions over the next few weeks using EFT and occasionally NLP on child hood, mum, dad, relationship issues and self esteem.
I was surprised a few months later when Sally phoned saying that some of the shoulder pain had returned (4/10) and there were “physical lumps” in her shoulder. After tapping for the pain, physical lumps and further relationship issues, not only had the pain gone but the “physical lumps” had disappeared.
That was twelve months ago now. I phoned Sally recently. She has moved out of that relationship and started a new career in real estate. Her shoulder and elbow remain pain free.
Australian Institute of Self Development