Much like a fingerprint, each person’s brain is unique to them, so we would like to explain our treatment overview. Your brain’s electrical activity, brain waves, or thought patterns are unlike anyone else’s. The human brain contains approximately 100 billion neurons. Through electrical oscillations or brain waves, the neurons control how the brain functions. If internal or external forces disrupt normal brain activity, dysfunction can occur. What makes the MeRT process unique is that the treatment protocol is customized for each individual. That’s what makes our approach so revolutionary.
What is MeRT?
MeRT stands for Magnetic e-Resonance Therapy.
MeRT (Magnetic e-Resonance Therapy) is an exciting, emerging technology that is non-invasive, non-surgical, non-pharmaceutical that, in laymen’s terms, reprograms 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. Once identified, we employ specialized equipment to gently stimulate, and rebalance the affected areas.
To explain in more technical terms, MeRT involves using an individualized approach through the use of qEEG, or “brain mapping.” This is a diagnostic study that measures electrical signals in the brain. The results of this study show any dysregulation in the brain and allows us to use this information to create a precise treatment protocol for each patient. This involves the use of magnets placed against the patient’s scalp. Over time, MeRT reorganizes the signals into a pattern that organizes the function of neurons in the brain. This is referred to as Neuromodulation.
What is the difference between MeRT and rTMS?
What distinguishes MeRT from other similar technologies, is the highly individualized approach utilizing the patient’s own brain waves to design a treatment plan, while other similar technologies (rTMS) have a predetermined treatment protocol based largely on the diagnosis.
This revolutionary treatment protocol combines technologies of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS, an FDA cleared therapy), Quantitative Electroencephalogram (qEEG), and Electrocardiogram (ECG/EKG) to analyze and formulate treatments that are tailored for each person’s unique brain pattern.
Most rTMS treatments are used to deliver stimulation to one area of the brain at a fixed frequency. The MeRT approach is highly individualized as to frequency and location-based thorough testing and evaluation. This customized, scientific approach is unique to each person.
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:
Beginning with our diagnostic tool, we will perform a quantitative electroencephalogram (q-EEG) and an electrocardiogram (EKG). These tests measure brain wave frequencies, heart rate, and brain-heart coherence, to determine the current state and functioning of the brain. The qEEG allows 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, behavioral issues, and more.
Analysis & Protocol
Using the neurophysiological data gathered through testing, our scientific and clinical teams will carefully analyze the results and develop a highly customized treatment plan designed to stimulate healthy brain communication and function.
You will simply sit in a comfortable chair while a trained technician carefully positions a simple device 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.
The technician will apply the stimulation for 6-8 seconds per minute. A typical appointment is 45 minutes, 30 minutes of which involves stimulation.
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 neurological disorders in the practice of medicine.
After a week or 2 of the assessment period of treatment, depending on your condition, we will perform a follow-up 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.
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
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 user 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 the 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.
Contact Our New Patient Coordinator for Additional Information
It’s normal for patients and their families who are affected by brain disorders to feel frustrated and isolated, and many have lost hope that there is any relief in sight. MeRT is a treatment protocol that has helped patients restore their brain function, reclaim their lives, and feel passionate about living again. We understand what you are going through, and our goal is to help guide you through the process so that you can make an informed decision about whether or not MeRT is the right treatment for you or your child.
Many of our clinicians and technicians have gone through MeRT treatment protocols themselves and have realized firsthand what the treatment has done for them, and as a result, are passionate about helping others to heal too.
Our New Patient Coordinator is available to answer any questions that you may have about how MeRT can help you specifically. She’ll take the time to listen to your concerns, answer your questions, and put your mind at ease. She can also assist in getting you scheduled with the clinic should you decide to move forward with treatment.
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