Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by bopsie, Dec 5, 2008.
I am not familial with EMDR treatment. Could someone give a brief overview?
Thanks a lot.
EMDR is a technique practiced by trained therapists. Briefly, you concentrate on an issue or upsetting memory etc. while the therapist alternately stimulates the left and right sides of your brain by either alternate tapping (e.g. on your knees) or having you do eye movements back and forth (where EMDR gets its name - Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing). I've also read that audio stimuli can be used, alternating tones in your ears using a headset.
One theory is that this alternate stimulation of the left and right sides of the brain enables it to process trauma, which otherwise is "stuck".
It's more complex than this. You can go to EMDR.com for more info. It does work. I've done it and think every therapist should be trained in this.
It's especially good for trauma of all types, but I think it can be used with just about anything.
EMDR.com also has a list of practitioners who are specifically trained in EMDR.
And there's lots more info if you google it --
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