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Neuro-Auricular Modulation & EMDR

Neuro Auricular Modulation & EMDR

Neuro Auricular Modulation & EMDR therapy give the therapist a ‘window into the brain’.

Clients are always on the lookout for the newest, best treatment; and clinics are engaged in a seemingly never-ending arms race of modalities. Therapists that pause to appreciate one of the most powerful tools every client already has at their disposal — their ears — may use this opportunity to help solve difficult cases.

Neuro auricular modulation therapy offers the therapist a “window into the brain” and creates a dynamic and up to date neurological map of several areas of the brain, including the sensory body experiences, somatic unconscious, somatic memory networks, and associated emotions.

Move Beyond Defence Mechanisms

EMDR is one of the main treatments for people with defence mechanisms that are caused by a lack of dual attention or dissociative disorders. These are two of the biggest challenges facing EMDR therapists. Neuro-auricular methods help to restore dual attention and regulation while avoiding the risks of continuing with EMDR therapy if dissociation is detected

Target Identification

The limbic system and pain memory points on the microsystem of the ear can offer clues and insight to useful targets, even without cognitive input from the client.

Processing

Some clients don’t respond to BLS because they are stuck in a “processing loop” or are “resistant.” Neuro-auricular modulation can help get these clients unstuck and moving forward without needing the pre-frontal cortex. This approach activates mechanisms that support engagement, plasticity, healing and processing.

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Have you been dealing with persistent and challenging mental health concerns?

Do you feel as though you’re not making progress towards a happy and confident future?

Do you feel as though ‘talk therapy’ is not really working for you?

Laser therapy may be the mental health treatment answer for you.

A New Way to Treat Mental Health

Everyday there is new research emerging on the benefits of laser therapy for mental health concerns. ​

Results have shown that laser therapy / photobiomodulation can benefit a wide range of mental health concerns, such as:

  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Addiction
  • Sleep disturbance / nightmares

Neurodevelopmental conditions

  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
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References

P. Cassano, C. Cusin, D. Mischoulon, et al., “Near-infrared transcranial radiation for major depressive disorder: Proof of concept study,” Psychiatry Journal, vol. 2015, 2015.
Askalsky, P., & Iosifescu, D. V. (2019). Transcranial Photobiomodulation For The Management Of Depression: Current Perspectives. Neuropsychiatric disease and treatment, 15, 3255–3272. https://doi.org/10.2147/NDT.S188906
Hamblin M. R. (2016). Shining light on the head: Photobiomodulation for brain disorders. BBA clinical, 6, 113–124. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bbacli.2016.09.002
Leisman G., Machado C., Machado Y., Chinchilla-Acosta M. (2018) Effects of Low-Level Laser Therapy in Autism Spectrum Disorder. In: Pokorski M. (eds) Clinical Medicine Research. Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology, vol 1116. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/5584_2018_234

Laser Therapy for Mental Health in Geelong

Mental health is complex. Mental health conditions, such as anxiety, depression or addiction, can often be symptoms of underlying trauma. To achieve long-lasting improvements in mental health, a comprehensive and holistic approach will give you the best chance of achieving your therapeutic goals, for a bright and fearless future.

At Create Balance, we understand that sometimes traditional ‘talk therapy’ just isn’t enough for complex or traumatic mental health concerns. Sometimes our clients need additional and alternative support, to truly give them the best chance at leaving behind their dominating thoughts, feelings, worries and fears.

We offer a comprehensive and holistic approach, complementing psychotherapy with innovative technology. We believe that the combination of all three therapeutic modalities can make significant improvements in the lives of our clients.

Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy is traditional ‘talk therapy’. It is an exploration into one’s life, to gain knowledge and to heal from what is causing emotional and sometimes even physical pain. A skilled psychotherapist is able to take clients into their subconscious mind, where most personal suffering resides. We understand that talking about personal suffering can be very difficult for many people and that it is not quite enough sometimes to get on top of persistent mental health concerns.

EMDR

Eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR) involves the rapid movement of a client’s eyes, taxing their working memory and enabling them to reprogram their brain. This in turn alleviates and even extinguishes the continuing effects of painful thoughts and memories. As well as visual bilateral stimulation, EMDR can also use tactile and auditory stimulation. This therapeutic modality can be beneficial to clients who struggle to talk about their suffering.

Laser Therapy

Photobiomodulation laser therapy involves the shining of infrared and near infrared light onto targeted areas of the body, which then helps to stimulate, protect, repair and energise the body at a cellular level. During the initial consultation, your laser therapist will identify the most appropriate protocol for you, which may include:

 

  • Systemic Photobiomodulation Laser Therapy
  • Transcranial Photobiomodulation Laser Therapy
  • Auricular Acupuncture Laser Therapy
Systemic Photobiomodulation Laser Therapy

A systemic laser therapy treatment will involve a laser being attached to your wrist. The near infrared light penetrates your skin, targeting the bloodstream. It is a calming process, as all you are required to do is sit back and relax for a short period of time. Many people find themselves feeling light and peaceful after the systemic treatment.

Transcranial Photobiomodulation Laser Therapy

A transcranial laser therapy treatment will involve a laser being held gently against your head. The infrared and near infrared light penetrates the head’s skin and skull, targeting specific areas of the brain tissue. Many people find that their mental health improves after only 1-2 sessions.

Askalsky, P., & Iosifescu, D. V. (2019). Transcranial Photobiomodulation For The Management Of Depression: Current Perspectives. Neuropsychiatric disease and treatment, 15, 3255–3272. https://doi.org/10.2147/NDT.S188906

Auricular Acupuncture Laser Therapy

Auricular acupuncture is a treatment based on the stimulation of acupuncture points on the ear. These points are believed to be connected to specific parts of the body and brain, as well as specific mental health conditions, such as trauma. When targeted with a laser, the infrared and near infrared light facilitates the healing process for the associated issues. Many people will find that their mental health begins to improve after only 1-2 sessions.

Round, R., Litscher, G., & Bahr, F. (2013). Auricular acupuncture with laser. Evidence-based complementary and alternative medicine : eCAM, 2013, 984763. https://doi.org/10.1155/2013/984763