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Treatment Overview

How does MeRT treatment work? First, let’s discuss how the brain works.

Your brain is unique. It’s like a fingerprint — no two are the same. Also, did you know that the human brain contains about 100 billion nerve cells (neurons)? It’s true. And these neurons control your brain function through brainwaves (electrical oscillations).

And here’s the most interesting part when it comes to brain treatment: Whenever internal or external forces disrupt normal brain activity, you can get a miscommunication between brainwaves. That, then, leads to brain dysfunction. And our focus on improving brain communication is what makes our treatment approach so cutting edge.

What is MeRT Treatment?

MeRT stands for Magnetic e-Resonance Therapy, a non-surgical, non-invasive, and non-pharmacological, emerging technology. In essence, we use MeRT to reprogram abnormal electrical signals in the brain to modify behavior. To do this, we use brainwave analysis to isolate specific areas of the brain not functioning or communicating the way they should. Then, with specialized equipment, we gently stimulate the distinct areas of the brain to improve function.

Specifically, MeRT uses an individualized approach by obtaining a qEEG, which is a diagnostic study that measures the pattern of electrical signals in the brain. This study not only tells us what is not functioning properly in the brain but also helps us determine how it should be operating. Using this information, we then create a precision treatment protocol using a set of magnets placed on the scalp. These magnets send electrical impulses into the brain to reorganize the signals and thereby stimulate and organize the function of neurons (neuromodulation).



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What is the difference between MeRT and rTMS?

MeRT is different from other similar technologies because of our highly individualized approach utilizing the patient’s own brain waves to make a treatment plan, while other similar technologies (rTMS) have a predetermined treatment protocol based mostly on the diagnosis.

This is a cutting-edge treatment protocol that combines technologies of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS, an FDA cleared therapy), Quantitative Electroencephalogram (qEEG), and Electrocardiogram (ECG/EKG) to analyze and formulate tailored treatments for each individual’s unique brain pattern.

And while most rTMS treatments are used to deliver stimulation to one area of the brain at a fixed frequency, MeRT is different. That’s because our MeRT approach is highly individualized as to frequency and location based on initial thorough testing and evaluation. In other words, this customized, scientific approach is unique to each patient.

Definition of Terms:

rTMS = Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation: a non-invasive therapy that utilizes pulsed magnetic fields to change neural activity.

EEG = Electroencephalogram: a non-invasive procedure that records the electrical activity of the brain.

EKG = Electrocardiogram (also known as ECG): a non-invasive procedure that records the electrical activity of the heart.

Treatment Steps:

  1. Evaluation

The first step of treatment is to perform a qEEG (quantitative Electroencephalogram) and EKG. It’s important to note that these tests are simple and painless: We place a cap on your head to measure the electrical activity in your brain and map out any areas not performing as they should. At the same time, we also place a lead on your chest to capture the EKG data.

  1. Analysis & Protocol

Once we’ve completed your initial tests, we send the data to our scientists and clinical teams. Along with Dr. Sosnowski, they carefully analyze the test results to identify any dysregulation occurring in your brain. Then, based on their analysis, we develop a treatment plan customized to your specific condition and schedule your assessment period of treatment.

Following your qEEG and EKG, your second appointment is a consultation with Dr. Sosnowski. She will answer any questions you may have and let you know more about what to expect during your assessment period of treatment. She will also go over your medical history, along with symptoms.

  1. Assessment Period and Evaluation

The assessment period is vital to determine if MeRT will achieve results for your specific condition. Therefore, this treatment period lasts for two weeks. Treatment for the first week occurs Monday through Friday, followed by the second week of treatment on Monday through Thursday.

If you are traveling from out of town, we aim to schedule your qEEG/EKG on a Friday, then your consultation and first treatment session for the following Monday.

After two weeks of treatment, we perform an additional qEEG and EKG to track your progress and make any needed modifications. We also monitor your progress throughout your daily treatments to confirm how you feel and track any improvements.

Once we complete the appropriate assessment period and you are noting improvements in brain function, we will schedule additional MeRT treatment for two weeks at a time.

At the end of every two weeks, we will perform an additional qEEG/EKG to monitor your progress. You will then consult with Dr. Sosnowski to confirm that changes are still showing on the testing.

Most conditions treated with MeRT provide noticeable and long-lasting results after four to eight weeks of treatment. However, each patient is different, and the results may vary.

  1. MeRT Treatment

Once your treatment protocols are in place, you will come to therapy five days a week, at two-week intervals. All you need to do is sit in a comfortable chair while a highly trained neuro-technician places a magnetic coil on your head. This device produces a low-frequency magnetic field to induce mild electrical signals in the targeted areas of the brain.

The stimulation occurs for six to eight seconds every minute. You will be required to close your eyes during that six-to-eight-second period. Additionally, you will typically spend 30 to 45 minutes in the chair each day.

Common Benefits Experienced*

  • Improved Sleep
  • Increased Relaxation
  • Better Concentration and Focus
  • Improved Memory and Mental Clarity
  • Decreased Pain
  • Better Mood
  • Increased Ability to Cope with Stress
  • Increased attention span
  • Improved sociability
  • Increased motivation
  • More clarity of thought
  • Fewer cravings (such as drugs or alcohol)
  • Improved emotional stability
  • Increased ability to adapt to change
  • Improved self-confidence and self-esteem

We can achieve these benefits through our highly individualized, targeted approach. Specifically, we home in on specific non-functioning areas of the brain and gently improve communication and functionality. This, then, is the science of addressing each person’s distinctive brain state individually.

*Results and improvements are based on active and strict observation of our regimens. Results may vary based on the individual users and are not guaranteed.

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MeRT Featured on Dr. Mark Hyman’s “Broken Brain” Podcast for Treatment of PTSD, Concussion, TBI

Mark Hyman, M.D. created the “Broken Brain” podcast, which focuses on the brain and overall health. And in one episode of this amazing podcast, they featured MeRT as a breakthrough for patients suffering from traumatic brain injuries, post-traumatic stress disorder, and major depressive disorder.

During this episode, Dr. Erik Won, the President of Brain Treatment Center, spoke extensively about the origins of MeRT. He also spoke about how it has been used to treat veterans who have suffered after returning from war. Additionally, and importantly, he talked about the many successes realized through this treatment.  Click here to watch this informative podcast.

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MeRT Featured on “The Doctors” TV Show for Treatment for Autism

MeRT was featured on The Doctors TV Show as a new treatment for Autism, which you can see here.


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Since MeRT is a relatively new treatment, we understand that you may not be sure if this is right for you. And that’s completely okay. After all, you need to get all the information necessary to make the right decision for your health.

To get that information, your first step is a simple, no-obligation phone consultation with our New Patient Coordinator. During this consultation, you can discuss your symptoms and history, ask all the questions you want, and have her explain the protocols, fees, and treatment details.

Our goal is simply this: To help guide you through the healing process, so you achieve all the remarkable results MeRT has to offer. In fact, many clinicians and technicians employed by various clinics that offer MeRT have gone through treatment protocols themselves. They know first-hand what the treatment can do, and as a result, want you to heal as they have.

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Absolute Contraindications

Absolute contraindications for cortical MeRT treatment: Pacemaker, Defibrillator, Vagal Nerve Stimulator, VP Shunt/ Magnetic intracranial shunts, Deep Brain Stimulator, Epidural Cortical stimulator, Steel shunts/stents, Cranial metal fragments (i.e. shrapnel, excluding titanium), Cochlear implant, Aneurysm clips, coils, pipelines flow diversion, Pregnant or breastfeeding, Primary brain cancer / metastatic legions in brain (unless palliative care), Magnetic dental implants, Implanted cardio-verter defibrillators (ICD), Ocular implants.

Relative Contraindications

Relative contraindications require closer protocol attention and may or may not disqualify someone from receiving cortical MeRT treatment, depending on the doctor’s discretion and the person’s individual condition. These include:: History of Seizure or seizure disorder, Titanium shunts/stents, Spinal Cord Stimulator, Hearing aids, Ferrous cortical implants, Magnetic ink tattoo, Bipolar Disorder Type I/II, Baha Implant.

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