I had been 2 hours in the operating theatre. I was still woozy. They had me hooked to tubes inputting antibiotics, anti-inflammatories—and a morphine drip which I could self-administer for pain.

My room-mate sharing the two-person hospital ward with me was also adjusting after her op—and in desperate pain.

We shared the same orthopaedic surgeon and had similar ops on a foot that needed repair.

Stretching ahead of us were weeks of bed-rest with the foot raised above the heart (to prevent swelling)  plus at least eight more weeks off the foot—wearing a medical “boot.”

We were in overnight and shared how we got there.

She was the same age as my daughter (40).

“I twisted and broke my foot trail running two days ago,” she said, “was rushed in for X-rays and told by the doctor it needed immediate repair in the operating theatre today.”

Having been an emotional-energy healer for 20 years I knew she was likely still in shock from both the fall trail running – and the sudden necessity to be in hospital. My intuition also told me her foot pain could be linked to deeper emotional issues.

I could tell from the comments she made that she was also angry with herself, her plight, and her pain.

I mentioned my clients who I’d helped with both physical and emotional healing and eventually, she asked me to do my work EFT Tapping with her.

We “tapped and talked” for maybe 30 minutes.

The end result of that brief intervention – her pain went from a 6 to a 2.

Why? Because we “tapped into” the deeper psychological and emotional issues compounding the physical pain.

Let’s see how it worked in her case.

She admitted family friction from childhood. Issues with her mother – and sister.

Tears flowed as she let out pent-up feelings.

She even admitted to having had a big row with her sister hours prior to tripping and damaging her ankle.

I’m glad I could help her.

And I wanted to demonstrate to you that addressing pain like hers with EFT Tapping usually works magically. But It often requires expertise from a skilled practitioner to guide the release of stored memories and feelings.

And if you want to know more about how I’ve used it in my own life with this recent and previous foot operations for my bunions, then read the back story on those operations here.

Breaking free of pain is about recognizing what Bessel van de Kock author of “The Body keeps the Score” calls “the difference between stress and trauma”. 

Stress happens in situations in work and life that are unpleasant but once done, are over. Unlike Trauma which lives on in the body long after the event that caused it.

At the time of trauma, you are faced with a situation where you feel any or all of the following: helpless, hopeless, confused, enraged; unsafe, unsupported.

The part of our brain that Bessel Van de Kock calls the “cockroach brain” (primed for our survival) imprints the threat as ongoing – and thus the obsessive thoughts, nightmares, etc.

And I’m sharing another story to demonstrate how EFT Tapping really is the magic wand that can heal even long-standing pain – mental, physical and emotional.

  1. Locate the pain—specifically where in the body
  2. Specific how you experience it—“pain” can be sharp, throbbing, dull, jolting, burning

Pick the words that capture the pain.

  1. 0-10 how intense
  2. Affirmations – Even though problem/statement…I deeply profoundly love and accept myself – including my poor ankle/foot.

Don’t reject that part of the body. Give it compassion, help it feel better, relieving the pain.

Use a phrase like “pain in my ankle” as you do a round of tapping.

Tapping as you allow words to surface and feelings to flow.


If it doesn’t budge much continue as follows:

METHOD 2 – add-in emotional component /feelings about the pain/feelings like angry at yourself…ABOUT afraid it will never get better

In this case, emotions associated with it. Sadness, feeling alone…her mother not being there for her. Then she admitted she had an awful fight with her sister… deeper we went…her mother loved her sister more than her

Immediate intuition—forgiveness/resentment/ to self (others).

Anger at herself was keeping that pain locked in place.

METHOD 3 More complicated/challenging

The deeper issue underlying the pain—caused the pain or keeping it in place.

The body has a way to heal… after 2/3 months, the body will heal. Pain should not continue.

Why persisting? Dig deeper.

I heard this case study from a fellow EFT Practitioner.

A construction worker had had a forklift container lowered on him, injuring his back. After three months in hospital to heal, the pain was no better. It had gotten worse.

Even after two back surgeries, chiropractic treatments, acupuncture, massage, his pain got worse even worse.

Despite stronger and stronger pain medications after 20 years his back pain was worsening.

Went to an EFT practitioner who noticed that as the man tapped and talked for his pain, he seemed to be getting angry.

ANGER was at the root of his ongoing pain. It emerged during the tapping session when he said he still felt angry and let down “because the guy driving the forklift was my best friend. He betrayed me—should have looked out for me better.”

By the end of the session, he released the old anger and 20 years of pain and medications. A year later the EFT practitioner checked, and he was still pain free.

Emotional issues can lock pain in place.

Without a skilled practitioner, it can be tricky to work out the underlying emotional issues.

What was leading up to that? What was happening in your life when the pain started?

Previously I shared about my bunion operation/s in this blog post – Bunion Foot Surgery: Pros, Cons and Why I finally did it!

Later I revealed all in this video.

Update March 2023: Today I walk pain free, strong and grateful.

Quotes about EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) from Deepak Chopra, Wayne Dyer, Louise Hay

EFT offers great healing benefits.” ~Deepak Chopra, M.D., bestselling author, co-founder of The Chopra Center

“Put away your skepticism. This really works. I have had great results with tapping in my own life.” ~Dr. Wayne Dyer, Internationally Renowned Speaker and Author

“Nothing comes closer to ‘magic’ than the positive results I have personally witnessed using EFT on thousands of my patients who suffered from physical and emotional pain and illness.” ~Joseph Mercola, M.D., founder of, most visited natural health site in the world

“These teachings are easy to use and practical but work like magic. They have taught me to release or dissolve problems of all sorts through the process of tapping.” ~Louise Hay, author of You Can Heal Your Life