Study looks into effectiveness of simple therapy that some claim helps patients overcome the trauma of a heart attack.
Licensed social worker Mary Sise is also trained in emotional freedom therapy -E.F.T. - also referred to as tapping therapy.
She's leading heart patient, Paula Monahan through a session of EFT. As Sise explains, the brain processes trauma differently than other life experiences - in a sense, we don't get over that experience, the energy of it gets blocked from moving on we we keep relieving the experience. The tapping keys in on what are called meridians - sort of train tracks of energy in our bodies.
"The tapping part seems to activate the meridian system which helps de-stress the body and then the energy moves more fluidly through the system."
The tapping along with a series of eye movements work together to facilitate the healing.
Sise has been using EFT since 1999 with patients and says she's seen impressive success rates, but there are few studies on the effectiveness. So the University at Albany has given her a grant to study post heart attack patients. She's currently recruiting people like Paula - folks over 55 who've had a heart attack.