Keith Cook, Ed.D., Licensed Psychologist -- 2 Elm St., Waterville, ME  04901

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Headche or Migraine Help with IEMDR -- Integrated Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing

This is a relatively new treatment for headaches and migraines that does not rely on medication. The procedure is done in the privacy of my office.  

• There are two different approaches, one for when a person is actively having an acute headache or migraine, the other is used when the person has a pattern of recurring headaches and wants to prevent them.

• Both the initial research and clinical experience show positive results.

#1  From:   Journal of EMDR Practice and Research 02/2008; 2(1):15-25. DOI: 10.1891/1933-3196.2.1.15

          Article Link:  


   Phase 1 of Integrated EMDR An Abortive Treatment for Migraine Headaches

by Steven V. Marcus

ABSTRACT Forty-three individuals diagnosed with classic or common migraine headache were randomly assigned to either phase 1 of integrated eye movement desensitization reprocessing (EMDR) treatment or a standard care medication treatment. Integrated EMDR combines diaphragmatic breathing, cranial compression, and EMDR for abortive migraine treatment. The comparison standard care medication group received various abortive medications, including Demerol, DHE, oral triptans, Excedrin, Fiorinal, Percocet, Toradol, and Vicodin. Participants were treated during mid- to late-stage acute migraine and assessed by an independent evaluator at pretreatment, posttreatment, 24 hours, 48 hours, and 7 days for migraine pain level. Both standard care medication and integrated EMDR treatment groups demonstrated reduced migraine pain levels immediately at posttreatment, 24 hours, 48 hours, and 7 days. However, integrated EMDR treatment reduced or eliminated migraine pain with greater rapidity and showed significantly greater improvement compared to standard care medication immediately posttreatment.


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