EMDR has had more published case reports and research to support it than any other method used in the treatment of trauma.
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprogramming) is a ‘breakthrough’ therapy to overcome anxiety, stress, trauma and often, the accompanying physical pain in the body.
The way it works is that it seems to have a direct effect on the nervous system to help it bring together the relevant information – sometimes memories – so that they can be integrated and processed from the perspective of present time. The result can be both meaningful and powerful in the context of letting go of the emotional and physical ‘blocks’ which hold people back and prevent them from accessing their real potential.
Essentially, it provides a way for people to see solutions that they were previously unaware of.
The past affects the present even without our being aware of it.
EMDR is used extensively in USA in trauma centres for PTSD, child abuse, rape and has proved to be highly effective even in cases where conventional counselling or psychotherapy have failed.
How does EMDR help with pain?
If you’ve been in pain for a long time, you will know that it becomes increasingly difficult to believe that you can live without pain; it becomes a permanent feature of your life and you find yourself looking for pain and expecting it, even though you know that the original injury has long since healed.
Your brain produces pain. Usually the brain gets it right, but sometimes it doesn’t. New brain research into the mechanisms of pain, show that pain can be “turned on” or “turned up” by anything that provides the brain with credible evidence that the body is in danger and needs protecting.
EMDR helps the brain to turn off the Pain switch.