Tension Tapper – Tap Away Your Tension
The tension tapper tool is a portable myofascial tool that can go anywhere to help release and soften muscular tension. We have created a simple self-help technique that you can learn in a few minutes which requires no pills to take or doctors to visit . Tapping has no known negative side effects. This flexible technique is easily customized for your specific needs and can address more than one issue at a time.
The stimulation of acupressure points produces opioids, serotonin and gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) and regulates cortisol levels. The neuro-chemical shifts reduce pain, slow your heart rate, decrease anxiety, turn off your fight/flight response connected to your Sympathetic Nervous System, regulates your autonomic nervous system whilst creating a sense of calm/relaxation within your body. The tapping technique inhibits anxiety and creates a rapid desensitization to traumatic stimuli. A single session of tapping can turn off the stress response and reduce levels of cortisol (the stress hormone that can impact your health and well-being). Using the Tension Tapper regularly will help you:
- Improve athletic performance, focus and coordination
- Minimize fatigue
- Reduce joint pain
- Enhance your emotional health and wellbeing through stress reduction
Who Should Use Tension Tapper
The tension tapper tool is created to address the physical, mental and emotional imbalances we create with our poor posture and/or biomechanics throughout the day leading to tension headaches and/or migraines. The tightness and rigidity of the muscles when left untreated can cause limited range of motion at the joints, pain and fatigue. The tapping and/or trigger point therapy can be done anywhere or anytime you feel stressed or anxious allowing the muscle tissue to lengthen and restore to its optimal healthy functional state. If any of the below sound familiar to you, then you definitely need a Tension Tapper in your life!
- Do you experience back pain and/or tightness in your hips from spending too much time seated commuting to work, school, etc?
- Have you or someone you know been dealing with mental disorders – anxiety, ADHD, addictions, anger, depression, insomnia, stress headaches, panic attacks, phobias and PTSD?
- Have you been suffering from fibromyalgia?
- Are you experiencing plantar fasciitis discomfort?
- Have you lost sensation or strength due to Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (T.O.S.) symptoms?
- Have you been braced as a young child for Scoliosis and left with muscular imbalances causing you pain?
Using Tension Tapper on Meridian Tapping Points
The meridian tapping points are rooted in acupuncture and acupressure principles utilizing the body’s energy meridian points originating from the Principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). When you stimulate the meridian points by using the tension tapper you’re literally tapping into your own body’s energy and healing power. The points which are tapped are electromagnetically sensitive leading to a cascade of neurological and physiological effects. When we experience negative emotions they are caused by a disruption in the body’s energy system. When you tap your body you can restore the balance from within optimizing your” life force” or “qi” or “prana” to restore happiness, health and vitality.
Using Tension Tapper for Trigger Point Therapy
In trigger point therapy the client places the ball on one of the trigger points up against the wall, chair or floor. Unlike tapping, a specific meridian point listed above, in trigger point therapy you keep direct pressure on a specific area as shown below in the diagram. You want to locate a trigger point and rate your level of pain from zero to ten. Zero is no pain present and ten is the worst pain. You want to dial back the pressure on the spot until you feel the pain is a 7 out of 10. You keep steady pressure on the spot until you feel the muscle belly has softened on the ball. You repeat as needed throughout the day. In trigger point therapy you’re addressing hypersensitive spots in skeletal muscles associated with palpable nodules (knots) found in your tissue. The knots you feel can be caused from poor posture, injuries, repetitive motions or movements. The tension tapper can bring you relief to a specific area but it is important for you to also identify the source and modify your posture in order to make lasting changes.
- Note that compression of a trigger point may elicit mild to sharp local tenderness, may recreate the referred pain and may create a local twitch response.
- Active trigger points may be mild to severe, change by the hour or the day, change location or can become chronic.
For an interactive explanation of the human skeletal system click here.
Plantar Fasciitis — coming soon!
Frequency of Use
- Use daily as needed to address stiffness, limited range of motion (ROM), over recruited muscles (neck, shoulders, back, legs) throughout the day to help address tension spots.
- The speed at which you tap and the intensity can be varied due to sensitive areas of the body. Modify as needed with pressure and speed.
- Recommend tapping 2 -3x/day in a specific area for 2 minutes per area.
- If you’re short on time doing a 15 minute session each day for two consecutive weeks is a great way to see how the body responds to the tapping technique.
- After you have activated your energy in your body take a moment to pause with your eyes closed and become aware of the buzzing and tingling sensations throughout the body. The buzzing feeling is known as “qi” or “life force” or “prana” freeling moving within your body.
- We recommend keeping track of how you feel before you using the tension tapper and recording how you feel after two weeks of use to monitor your progress.
Harvard Medical School psychiatrist Rick Leskowitz, MD, director of the Integrative Medicine Project, has gone on record saying tapping is “the most impressive intervention I’ve encountered in 25 years of work.”
Researchers from prestigious institutions such as Harvard Medical School, University of California, Walter Reed Military Medical Center, and Texas A&M University have published over 100 studies on EFT in peer-reviewed medical and psychology journals.
Materials & Dimensions
The tension tapper consists of a rubber ball attached to a wooden dowel measuring 62 cm (24.4 inches) long and 6.5 cm (2.55 inches) wide.
Assumption of the Risk: By attempting any of the exercises or self-treatment techniques in the video, you do so at your own risk. We make no representations, guarantees or warranties that the information or exercises in these video are appropriate for you or will result in improvements of your medical condition or function.
Not medical advice or physical therapy. This “self-treatment” video is intended to provide information and instructions on general exercises that may help increase strength, mobility, and function for specific areas of the body. It is not intended to be a substitute for obtaining a medical diagnosis or medical or physical therapy advice from a qualified licensed provider. You should seek medical advice from a qualified physician or physical therapist before trying any of the exercises or self-treatment suggestions in this video, particularly if your pain is from a traumatic injury or event.
Precautions. If, after attempting one of the exercises or self-treatment techniques in this video, your pain increases moves to a different location or a new or different symptom(s) arises you should stop the exercise(s) and seek advice from a physician or physical therapist.
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Tapping may help reduce stress, according to a study published in the Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease in 2012. For the study, researchers assigned 83 people to an hour-long EFT tapping session, an hour-long psychotherapy session, or no treatment. Results revealed that those assigned to EFT tapping experienced a significant decrease in their levels of the stress hormone cortisol, as well as significant improvements in anxiety and mood.
In a 2012 study of 45 people with anxiety disorders (published in the journal Explore), researchers found that participants treated with Thought Field Therapy experienced significantly greater improvements in anxiety symptoms than study members assigned to no treatment.
In a 2008 study published in Chiropractic & Osteopathy, for instance, Neuro Emotional Technique was found to improve symptoms in individuals with chronic neck pain. The study involved 60 chronic neck pain sufferers.
In addition, a 2013 study published in Explore found that EFT tapping may be beneficial for people suffering from tension headaches. Involving 35 patients with chronic tension headaches, the study determined that EFT tapping helped reduce headache frequency and intensity.