TheraTappers EMDR Therapy Tools

TheraTappers are devices used in EMDR, a treatment that targets the brain with electrical stimulation. The goal of EMDR is to allow patients to reprocess traumatic memories, which can help treat addiction, PTSD, and other conditions.
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What is a TheraTapper?

A TheraTapper is a device used in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy. It is also commonly used in DNMS (Developmental Needs Meeting Strategy) therapy. 

The device consists of a control box and two pulsers, which are connected by six-foot wires. Vibration from the pulsers creates tactile stimulations in the brain and has been shown to have a positive effect on several mental health and addiction disorders. 

How Do TheraTappers Work?

TheraTappers use alternating bilateral stimulation (ABS) of the brain to achieve EMDR. This mimics REM sleep by stimulating bi-lateral eye-movements, which changes maladaptive neural networks. In essence, it facilitates communication across the two hemispheres of the brain to help process traumatic events. 

Anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), drug addiction, and alcoholism can all be treated using ABS and EMDR.

Benefits of EMDR TherapyTappers

TheraTappers and EMDR treatment have several impactful benefits for patients. They help with:

  • Transforming beliefs 
  • Letting go of self-limiting or negative thoughts
  • Processing trauma
  • Becoming open to recovery
  • Coping skills
  • Stress response
  • On-going self-improvement

TheraTappers for Drug & Alcohol Addiction

TheraTappers treat drug and alcohol addiction by addressing the root causes of these conditions, such as traumatic memories. This helps create new adaptive behaviors that will minimize the desire for drug or alcohol consumption and help to manage typically intense withdrawal symptoms. TheraTappers are most effective when used along with cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) in a rehab setting.

When treating patients who suffer from addiction, it is essential to address any traumatic events or touchpoints that could be leading to addictive behaviors. Addressing these issues is necessary for a full recovery from addiction. 

There are eight stages of treatment for EMDR:

  • History and treatment planning
  • Preparation
  • Assessment
  • Desensitization
  • Installation
  • Body scan
  • Closure
  • Reevaluation

Throughout these eight treatment stages, patients will usually speak with a specialized EMDR therapist to process traumatic experiences and store them as more manageable emotions. TheraTappers are also helpful in creating a mental response system for the patient to avoid future relapses.

Other Types of EMDR Equipment

NeuroTek

NeuroTek is a company that has been making EMDR tools and equipment for nearly 30 years. They have an extensive line of EMDR equipment that is available in more than 40 countries. Clients include hospitals, medical centers, military centers, and police organizations.

EMDR Kit

EMDR Kit is both the name of a company and its flagship product. Their first offering was the EMDR Kit Classic, which was followed by the EMDR Kit Wireless. Both are available worldwide.


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Resources

Francine Shapiro. “The role of eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy in medicine: addressing the psychological and physical symptoms stemming from adverse life experiences.” The Permanente journal vol. 18,1 (2014): 71-7. doi:10.7812/TPP/13-098

Gemma Wilson. “The Use of Eye-Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy in Treating Post-traumatic Stress Disorder-A Systematic Narrative Review.” Frontiers in psychology vol. 9 923. 6 Jun. 2018, doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2018.00923

USDVA. “Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) for PTSD.” United States Department of Veteran Affairs National Center for PTSD https://www.ptsd.va.gov/understand_tx/emdr.asp

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Updated on: September 4, 2020
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Jordan Flagel
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Medically Reviewed: September 3, 2020
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