Your brain’s electrical activity, brain waves, or thought patterns are unlike anyone else’s. Just like your fingerprint, your brain waves are uniquely your own. The human brain contains approximately 100 billion neurons. Through electrical oscillations or brain waves, the neurons control how the brain functions. Whenever internal or external forces disrupt normal brain activity, dysfunction can occur. That’s what makes our approach so cutting edge.
What is MeRT?
MeRT stands for Magnetic e-Resonance Therapy.
Magnetic e-Resonance Therapy, or MeRT, is a non-surgical, non-invasive, and non-pharmacological, emerging technology that, in simple terms, is used to reprogram abnormal electrical signals in the patient’s brain to ultimately modify behavior. The MeRT protocols utilize brainwave analysis to isolate specific areas of the brain that are not functioning or communicating the way they should. Then using specialized equipment, we gently stimulate the distinct areas of the brain that ultimately lead to improved function.
Technically, MeRT uses an individualized approach by obtaining a qEEG, which is a diagnostic study that measures the pattern of electrical signals in the patient’s brain. This study not only tells us what is not functioning properly in the brain but also helps us determine how the brain should be operating. Using this information, we then create a precision treatment protocol using a set of magnets placed on the patient’s scalp to send electrical signals back into the brain in a manner that causes re-organization of the signals, thereby stimulating and organizing the function of neurons in the brain. This process is called Neuromodulation.
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.
Most rTMS treatments are used to deliver stimulation to one area of the brain at a fixed frequency. Our MeRT approach is highly individualized as to frequency and location based on initial thorough testing and evaluation. 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.
Steps We Follow:
We begin with our diagnostic tool, a quantitative electroencephalogram (q-EEG) and an electrocardiogram (EKG). These tests measure brain wave frequencies, heart rate, and brain-heart coherence, which will be used to determine the current state and functioning of the brain. The qEEG provides the information for us to create a brain “map” that identifies patterns of dysfunction consistent with various disorders of the brain such as brain injury, emotional disorders, learning problems, and behavioral issues.
Once done, our scientific and clinical teams will carefully analyze the results and determine the current state and functioning of the brain.
Analysis & Protocol
We use a patented, scientific approach with the neurophysiological data gathered through testing to then develop a highly customized treatment plan that is aimed at encouraging healthy brain communication and function.
You will simply sit in a comfortable chair while a trained technician carefully positions the magnet against your head. on your head. This device produces a magnetic field to induce mild currents in targeted regions of the brain. There is no pain and no electrical currents, just a slight sensation.
Stimulation is applied for 6-8 seconds per minute. Generally, appointments last anywhere from 30-45 minutes.
The neuromodulation equipment used by the MeRT approach has been cleared by the FDA in the treatment of depression and may be used off-label for other disorders in the practice of medicine.
Following the initial week or 2 weeks of the assessment period of treatment, depending on your condition and age, we will perform an additional EEG and EKG, allowing us to assess progress and make any needed modifications. In this way, we are always taking the best and most exacting approach with your treatment, based on the current neurological state of your brain patterns.
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
- Less cravings (such as drugs or alcohol)
- Improved emotional stability
- Increased ability to adapt to change
- Improved self-confidence and self-esteem
This highly individualized, targeted approach hones in on the specific non-functioning areas of the brain and gently improves communication and functionality. This 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.
Mini-Documentary about MeRT Treatment
This documentary explains the MeRT Treatment protocols and how it works.
MeRT Featured on Dr. Mark Hyman’s “Broken Brain” Podcast for Treatment of PTSD, Concussion, TBI
The famous podcast, “The Broken Brain,” promoted by Dr. Mark Hyman, featured utilizing MeRT for treatment of PTSD, Concussions, and Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI). If you or someone you know has experienced any of these conditions it is certainly worth listening to this.
Dr. Erik Won, from our Brain Treatment Center in California, speaks about utilization of this technology to treat members of the military who have had traumatic brain injuries, concussions or who have experienced PTSD as a result of their experiences, with many incredible successes.
With other repercussions that can occur, for both military and veterans, this is incredibly important. For example, suicide is at twice the rate for veterans, with approximately 17 veteran deaths per day. In a high-stress environment, such as serving in the military, the transition afterward can be complicated and there are often underlying reasons for conditions that may occur. MeRT may help to address these issues.
We highly recommend you listen to this incredible presentation.
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.
Is MeRT the Right Treatment?
We understand that MeRT is a relatively new, cutting-edge treatment and you may not be certain if this is right for you. But this is not a decision that needs to be made right away or all alone.
Your first step would be a simple phone consultation with our New Patient Coordinator. Here you can discuss your symptoms and history, ask all the questions you want, and have her explain the protocols, fees, and details of Treatment.
If you are interested in taking the next step in seeing if MeRT treatment is right for you, we can set up an appointment for an EEG (a simple, painless, and non-invasive brain scan) and a second appointment for a consultation with the doctor to talk about your symptoms and possible treatment protocols.
When your test results are in and have been analyzed, you will have a one-on-one consultation with the doctor. This appointment can be done virtually from the comfort of your own home. Here you will discuss your symptoms, treatment protocols, answer any additional questions that you may have, and together determine if you (or your child, if this is about your child) are a candidate for treatment.
If you and the doctor then decide to move forward with MeRT, the next step is what we call the Assessment Period, where we will perform a short period of treatment, followed by a new EEG to see if you are responding to the treatment. This is assessed based on the new EEG results as compared to the initial one done before treatment started, as well as symptom improvements.
If there is a positive response to treatment during the assessment period, you will have likely noticed some improvements starting to take place, and we can then schedule for the additional treatment duration.
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