Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
EMDR has been found to be extremely effective for the treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder / PTSD. From there, it has gone on to be used to treat depression, anxiety and even chronic pain. Mark Grant, a clinical psychologist, has been developing and researching EMDR’s use for chronic pain. In a small study investigating the effectiveness of an EMDR protocol for chronic pain, participants reported decrease pain levels, improved mood, and increased ability to control their pain after treatment and in a 2 month follow-up.
EMDR is generally considered safe. It may take several sessions before an improvement is noticed. This treatment should be done by a licenced therapist who has been trained in EMDR therapy.