Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
EMDR has been found to be extremely effective for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It is also 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 decreased pain levels, improved mood, and increased ability to control their pain immediately after EMDR treatment and at a two-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 licensed therapist who is specifically trained in EMDR therapy.