The Wright Way

The Wright Way

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Pain Management with meridian based therapies

Meridian based therapies (MBTs) are becoming increasingly used worldwide and are a powerful adjunct to the spectrum of treatments being offered by alternative therapists. Those using hypnotherapy, NLP and Time Line solutions in particular find Thought Field Therapy (TFT) and Evolving Thought Field Therapy (evTFT) another means of obtaining a ready solution for their clients, either on a stand alone basis or in conjunction with other treatments.

My first use of TFT was for myself. I had trapped the end of a finger whilst cleaning grass from the blades of a set of gang mowers. The skin was not broken but the blade had pressed hard against the fingernail. After the injury the discomfort became more and more acute (but localised to the finger end) as the day wore on. Although I had got off to sleep quite normally, I was awoken at around 4am by pain. The pain was over the whole hand and I could not identify the epicentre of the symptoms.
I used a running cold tap, then ice, ibuprofen gel but to no avail. In Dr Callahan's book Tapping the Healer Within I recalled there was a TFT algorithm for physical pain. I performed the treatment repeatedly and after about half an hour I had reduced the pain enough to be able to go back to sleep. What I did notice in the ensuing days was that there was no perception of pain (as had been before) from that particular hand. It was not anaesthetised or numb, but any pain message to the brain seemed to be processed in a different way.

More recently I have used only partial elements of the physical pain algorithm for a client who had been struck by a hard ball on the foot in the course of sporting practice. It worked for him immediately and he was somewhat amazed as to "what on earth had I done" to hasten his relief.

I did not set out to use the treatment, or should I say part of it. Opportunities present themselves on odd occasions and often there is no time to enter into an explanation of what one is doing - especially if only part of the treatment is performed. If it had not worked for him then he would have merely had to suffer the discomfort longer - but the pain would have diminished. My intervention just moved things along exponentially. I did tell him afterwards what it was though!

In evTFT, there is a treatment known as Touch and Breathe (TAB). Here, instead of tapping selected meridian points, the client touches the points while performing a number of full abdominal breathing cycles. The algorithms (or particular sequence of meridian points) are the same as for TFT itself.

Very recently I was visiting my ageing mother who was having a particularly bad day - not well, in bed, emotionally wound up, agitated etc etc. Her breathing was fast and shallow as she related to me all the things that had beset her prior to my arrival, including an upper back pain and a pounding headache. Whilst talking to her and trying to guide her to a calmer place with controlled breathing, she had an angina attack. She has medication for this which provides suitable relief, but on all other occasions she has been left with the headache and completely drained of all energy. While helping her with this and continually talking her through the guided breathing, I placed my fingers on the meridian points relating to physical pain - in a sequence that matched part of the TFT treatment. It occurred to me that the Touch and Breathe (TAB) might work with her breathing and my touch.
Normally for the headache she would take paracetamol - but this was not required in this instance as some five minutes later her headache had subsided. As her recovery continued she showed little sign of being physically drained, as usually happened.
Again, I did not tell her about the treatment (although I have since) mainly because there was no need (and no time) and she is more than a little skeptic! I was gratified to discover the extent of its efficacy especially as it was only a partial and somewhat fragmented use of the full treatment.

Whilst this may have undermined some of my mother's skepticism, for me it has reinforced the view (and the confidence) that merdidian based therapies - even with only partial use - can bring about relief. I've used TFT for clients with anxiety, obsessions and trauma (after a car crash); with success in every instance.