Dear EFT Community,
In this article, Charles B. Crenshaw Jr., certified EFT practitioner, consulting hypnotist, and the author of Pathless Path: God, Grace, Guru, writes about a client whose future in professional tennis was cut short by a back injury and how they worked through the pain by clearing its emotional components. Charles also discusses how prescription medications can affect EFT results.
By Charles B. Crenshaw Jr., Certified EFT Practitioner
A client referred to me by a master massage therapist was seeing the therapist for weeks with back pain that neither the therapist nor the drugs prescribed by the doctors were able to resolve.
When the young athletic man (I’ll call him Isaac) came to see me, he was at his wits’ end and was taking tramadol (a narcotic-like pain reliever) and diclofenac sodium (a drug sometime used for long-term relief from various forms of arthritis). Isaac took these drugs nearly every morning and had been for a long time.
In EFT, we find that working with clients who are taking medications sometimes affects the results as the drugs may act as toxins. Another aspect that I have seen along these lines is that the drugs can prevent a client’s recognition of the subtle effect of EFT.
I had my doubts about whether the session would be effective, but Isaac was willing and able.
We started with a simple statement of his goals.
His goal was “Changing my outlook, being free from pain and comfortable with myself, and letting go of the past,” all things for which EFT has demonstrated effectiveness.
We started the session with Isaac stating that he had back pain at a level of 4 on the 0-10 scale when he took his meds, and without the meds his pain was 7, but the disturbing part was that the pain was constantly there. The source of his pain was a back injury sustained during tennis training. He’d had a promising future as a professional tennis player until the injury dashed his hopes.
We started tapping on the pain and talking about it.
What came up were several aspects totally unrelated to his injury. Isaac was seeing a long-time girlfriend he was having “trouble” with because he stayed up all night and slept during the day, maybe related to the drugs (something beyond my scope of practice to comment on).
We first tapped on the regret that he had about not making it as a professional tennis player because of the injury. He was angry about that at a level of 10! As we tapped on his anger, another aspect, his sadness about not making the grade, came to the fore at a level of 8. We tapped on the sadness until the anger disappeared, testing at 0.
Isaac also had anger and sadness related to his relationship with his girlfriend.
His anger revolving around that was 10 and his sadness was 10. We tapped on both of those as he talked his way through them and both of those resolved down to 0.
We once again checked in on his pain level and found it to be at a 1.
The only problem was that we knew that the drugs were affecting the outcome. Knowing that ethically I could not suggest that the client stop his medications (beyond my scope of practice), I asked him simply, “This is our result while you are on medication, what would you like to do?” Isaac was so intrigued by the noticeable reduction in pain that he suggested that he would come to the next appointment without taking the medications. He said, “Well, truth is, I don’t take them every day anyway.”
On his second visit, the pain level without the medication was at 3 out of 10. His goal for this session was that he wanted to be normal. We tapped on his pain and his wanting to be normal until all resolved down to 1.
We were at the end of our session and he noted that he wanted to stop there. He wanted to keep a hint of the pain; he related it to guilt, to remind him of his failure in tennis. There was nothing I could say about his decision and for all intents and purposes he is drug free and pain free.
He still sees the massage therapist regularly to keep his body in shape for the tennis that he still plays.