(Bi-Lateral Analysis and Stimulation Treatment)
Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) was the probably the most effective tool out there for dealing with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Trauma, but as with anything, things develop and change over time.
The BLAST Technique is an Amygdala Desensitising Technique (ADT) which has been created and developed to work faster and more effectively with PTSD and trauma.The BLAST Technique works faster than the previously used EMDR treatment and allows the brain to ‘process’ unpleasant experiences so that they can be safely ‘filed away’ and no longer cause ‘flashbacks’.
This is a fast, gentle, safe and effective therapy that allows people to move away from troubling experiences and get on with their lives.
It was once thought that people would develop PTSD only as a result of extreme situations.
However, we now know that trauma can result from much more ‘ordinary’ occurrences like minor car accidents, difficult child birth deliveries, hostile home environments, unpleasant medical procedures, bullying and much more.
What is PTSD?
Post-traumatic stress disorder (or PTSD for short) is the name given to the psychological and physical problems that can sometimes follow particular threatening or distressing events.
Sometimes life can be very challenging. Stressful, frightening and traumatic experiences often cause trauma and, in some cases, can induce an anxiety-based condition known as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). This commonly causes things like insomnia, anxiety, flashbacks and/or nightmares and ultimately depression.
Most survivors of trauma return to normal given a little time. However, some people will have stress reactions that do not go away on their own, or may even get worse over time. These individuals may develop PTSD. People who suffer from PTSD often relive the experience and these symptoms can be severe enough and last long enough to significantly impair the person’s daily life.
The mind can often heal itself naturally, in the same way as the body does.
Much of this natural coping mechanism occurs during sleep, particularly during rapid eye movement (REM) sleep. EMDR utilizes this natural process in order to successfully treat Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
EMDR has been used to effectively treat a wide range of mental health problems however the BLAST technique is an accelerated form of EMDR which was not only a lengthy process but done in a different order to how the brain, patterns traumatic experiences.
How does it work?
For most of us, sensory information is passed between the left and right hemispheres of our brain. If that information does not contain anything traumatic, the information is processed and stored in our memory. However, in sufferers of trauma or PTSD, neuroscience research has shown that the right hemisphere of the brain becomes overactive, preventing the normal processing of a situation and the memory of it. As a result, the smallest of things in everyday life can trigger a response as though that trauma was happening again. These experiences can be expressed as flashbacks, intrusive thoughts and nightmares
BLAST Technique helps the brain to complete the processing by way of an eye movement technique which can include the use of light, this essentially moves the memory from the right to the left hemisphere of the brain helping the brain to process the memory the correct way. Once the process is complete the client becomes emotional desensitised from the event and will not have to suffer again as the results are permanent.
Q + A
How quickly will I see an improvement?
Recovery from a single incident can usually happen in just one session. More complex traumas may take 2 or 3 sessions to heal from.
Will I have to relive the traumatic event multiple times during treatment?
No. You can talk about it if you wish, however this process works without you having to talk about it.
How long will a session last?
A session usually lasts around 1 hour.
Is the BLAST technique suitable for everyone?
Yes, it is effective for children, teenagers and adults alike. If you are pregnant, have epilepsy or are suicidal then this technique can only be used under the advice of your Doctor
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