Tuesday, November 6, 2012
What Is Your Pain?
9:57 am cst
It's interesting that in our technologically sophisticated world, there are still some things that can only be measured
subjectively. Pain is one of those.
If you've ever been to a doctor or hospital for something that
involved pain, you've probably seen the typical FACES pain scale, featuring six cartoon faces ranging from smiling on the zero end to crying and furrowed brow on the 10 end of the scale.
You measure your pain by picking the face that best matches how you feel. Even with the ability to measure the brain's
processing of pain via fMRIs, we still can't objectively quantify another person's pain.
The fact that pain
IS so subjective, means that what is intense to one person could feel mild to another. One study showed that when testing people's perception of pain by heating a small patch of skin, there was great variation in the levels
of pain reported although the actual temperature reached was the same.
I've found again and again that leading
people through a few or several rounds of EFT tapping can help them with their subjective experience of pain, even helping
them bring pain to zero. Read one story here. It's well known that relaxation helps people manage pain, and EFT is a fast way to help your body relax. If
there are emotional correlates or reactions to being in pain (and there almost always are) you can tap for those too.
Time of day, gender, blood sugar levels, and hydration also affect your experience of pain.
All this is good
news. Why? Because pain is under your control to a greater degree than you might think. All sorts of techniques
and modalities, from massage to acupuncture to exercise to EFT, are available to help.
Meridian tapping techniques are currently considered experimental by Western
medicine. Studies are underway to assess the biological and psychological changes that are being self-reported.
EFT and Meridian Tapping is not therapy or medicine. My services are educational; I'm not a therapist, counselor or
healthcare professional. I don't diagnose or treat. Tapping is not intended to take the place of psychological or medical
care; it is intended to help you relieve stress to experience greater well-being. Please consult a doctor
or therapist for medical or psychological counseling needs.