What is EMDR?
     Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a type of psychotherapy originally designed over 30 years ago to address the symptoms of post traumatic stress.  Today more than two million people have been effectively treated with EMDR by over 60,000 trained clinicians in over eighty countries.  It is recognized as a best practice and evidence-based treatment by many professional and governmental organizations, including: The American Psychiatric Association, The International Society for Traumatic Stress, The National Institute of Mental Health, The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and The U.S. Department of Defense.
EMDR has been proven effective for:
Chronic Pain
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How does EMDR work?
EMDR is based on the Adaptive Information Processing (AIP) Model, which theorizes that trauma, pain, and other negative emotions interfere with the brain’s ability to process information, preventing the information from being used to make new connections and adapt.  This theory coincides with the latest research on neuroplasticity, the brain’s ability to change based on events and the environment.  Studies using both EEG and brain imaging have demonstrated physical changes in the brain following successful EMDR therapy.  EMDR uses dual attention stimuli, in the form of eye movements, tactile stimulation, and/or auditory tones while the client focuses on previously identified cues, sensations, thoughts, and emotions.  This process is generally much shorter and therefore more cost effective than typical psychotherapy.
How can EMDR help with Pain?
Chronic Pain can be debilitating, affecting many aspects of life.  Pain can sometimes be difficult to manage, causing discouragement, depression, and anxiety.  Research demonstrates that EMDR can help the brain to process pain differently, resulting in a lessened pain sensation.  To date studies have demonstrated that EMDR is effective with pain caused by:  Migraines, Pain from accidents and injuries, Fibromyalgia, Phantom limb pain in amputees, Chronic Illness, Post-Surgical pain, and Post Partum Pain.  These studies show that EMDR not only reduces pain, but also decreases depression, anxiety, and the need for medication, while increasing coping skills and quality of life.  EMDR can be a wonderful complement to physical therapy, chiropractic care, massage, and other treatments.
For more information about EMDR, or to view published research, go to:  www.emdr.com   or  www.emdria.org
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