Described below is one of the many approaches I've tried or considered trying for healing my chronic myofascial pain:
BOTTOM LINE: Helped me reduce strong feelings related to past trauma, but didn't permanently reduce my pain.
Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT or “tapping”) is a psychology-based approach that draws on various theories of alternative medicine including acupuncture, neuro-linguistic programming, energy medicine, and Thought Field Therapy (TFT). Aside from it addressing psychological issues, it is also touted as helping people reduce or eliminate pain.
It is usually guided by a trained therapist. The client follows the therapist's lead and gently taps on specific locations on the body while saying statements to help desensitize the body to trauma or other issues a client wants to address. (There are also self-treatment guides available in books or on the internet.)
I decided to try EFT since I had been experiencing some level of daily pain for more than seven years at the time and because EFT had no physical side effects (and the therapist whom I had gone to seeking EMDR—eye movement desensitization reprocessing—treatment said she preferred treating patients using EFT). Even though tapping looked and felt silly, and I quite frankly questioned its potential efficacy, I went to seventeen sessions concentrated mostly over a period of four months.
While the tapping helped me reduce strong feelings and emotions on certain topics during my treatment sessions, it didn't permanently reduce my pain. Did I need to give it more time? I felt like I’d maxed out it’s benefits for me, and I think the therapist concurred.