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Tapping and its Benefits

Research suggests that tapping may be effective in reducing pain by modulating the brain’s response to pain signals and promoting relaxation. By engaging the body’s natural relaxation response, tapping can help reduce muscle tension, alleviate stress, and promote a sense of calmness, which can in turn decrease the perception of pain.

Sylvia Donley, CNA Past President, provides an overview of Tapping, also called EFT or Emotional Freedom Technique.  People use tapping as an alternative method for treating negative emotion and physical pain. EFT uses the same meridian points as acupuncture. Sylvia had used this strategy for years to help with pain.

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About Sylvia Donley:

Sylvia Donley, Tapping

Sylvia Donley, BScN MN is the past president of the Calgary Neuropathy Association.  Sharing her knowledge and personal experience has become a passion and focus for Sylvia.  She believes in the importance of connecting with those living with neuropathy, their family, friends and health care providers.   

Sylvia joined the Calgary Neuropathy Association as a member in 2008 and became President of the Association in 2010 when founder Val Shaw-Lewis stepped down.  It has been important to Sylvia that the CNA belong to its members and encourages their involvement. 

Sylvia worked as a RN completing her BScN following an impact injury to her knee.  Post-op, Sylvia was diagnosed with RSD (Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy).  RSD is a fairly rare neurological disorder more recently referred to as Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS).   Sylvia has also been rear ended (motor vehicle accidents) several times with both structural and nerve damage to her spine causing nerve damage to the right eye (Third Nerve Damage) and RSD to the right arm.  It was after the first car accident that Sylvia obtained her Masters in Nursing.   

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More About Tapping:

EFT is a therapeutic approach that combines elements of cognitive therapy and acupressure to address emotional distress and physical pain. This technique involves gently tapping on specific acupressure points on the body while focusing on a particular issue or problem. The repetitive tapping motion is believed to stimulate the body’s energy meridians, promoting the release of emotional blockages and restoring balance to the body’s energy system.

Moreover, EFT is thought to address the emotional component of pain by helping individuals process and release negative emotions and limiting beliefs that may contribute to their discomfort. By tapping on acupressure points while verbalizing specific statements related to the pain or underlying emotional issues, individuals can shift their focus away from the pain and towards self-acceptance, empowerment, and emotional healing.

Additionally, EFT can be a valuable self-management strategy for individuals living with chronic pain, as it can be easily learned and practiced independently. By incorporating it into their daily routine, people can develop greater resilience and coping skills, allowing them to better manage their pain and improve their overall quality of life.

Overall, EFT offers a holistic approach to pain management that addresses both the physical and emotional aspects of discomfort. By promoting relaxation, releasing emotional blockages, and empowering individuals to take an active role in their healing journey, tapping can be a powerful tool for reducing pain and enhancing well-being.

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