The human brain contains approximately 100 billion neurons. Through electrical oscillations or brain waves, the neurons control how the brain functions. Whenever there are forces, either internal or external, that disrupt normal brain wave activity, dysfunction can occur and manifest itself in a number of ways, including:
- Trauma to the head such as a concussion or
- Emotional trauma or high amounts of chronic or acute stress, PTSD
- Major Depression Disorder
- Illness or disease such as stroke and Parkinson’s Disease
- Drug or alcohol addiction
- Learning disorders
- Developmental disorders such as autism, ADD, ADHD
- Multiple sports injuries (head hits)
- Sleeping disorders
- Congenital issues
Disorders like these can cause brain dysfunction which can range from mild to severe. Some people can still function in their day to day activities, while others are completely debilitated and have no quality of life.
The Brain Treatment Center in Newport Beach can identify exactly where the brain waves are not communicating properly and help to restore proper function. MeRT technology can reshape the activity in the brain, regardless of what caused the dysfunction.
What is MeRT?
MeRT, or Magnetic e-Resonance Therapy, is a cutting-edge treatment protocol that uses the combined technologies of rTMS (Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation), qEEG (Quantitative Electroencephalogram) followed by an Electrocardiogram to build treatment protocols that are tailored to each person’s unique brain wave patterns.
MeRT uses a proprietary brain wave analysis to identify the exact areas in the brain that are not functioning properly or communicating the way that they should be. Our physicians then use this information to develop a personalized and targeted approach designed to restore healthy brain communication. This therapy gently stimulates the specific locations in the brain which can lead to improved function.
MeRT is non-surgical, non-invasive, and non-pharmaceutical.
“Everyone has a unique frequency…”
“What we’ve learned is that everyone has a unique frequency or unique signature. All of us during our waking hours, we’re looking for something called an alpha frequency where our brain most comfortably operates in. It’s basically a cycle rate where we’re all somewhere between eight and 13 Hertz. And you might be, for example, an 11.4 Hertz brain. I might be an 8.9 Hertz brain. And somebody else may be a 10.3 Hertz brain. It’s just kind of where we’re born. But when we get these brain images, whether it’s through the physical trauma of a blast injury, or the chemical trauma of years of drug use, or the emotional trauma of seeing a loved one pass away, we may find areas of the brain that are not cycling at the same rate as the rest of our cortex. …
“EEGs (electrical pictures of the brain) can tell us when there are abnormalities in neural networks. …We can look at these signals and find areas that are abnormal, [then we] use this FDA cleared technology, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, to navigate to the area that’s not working properly and try to stimulate it and remind it that it wants to fire at a certain frequency and a certain rate.”
– Dr. Erik Won, President of Wave Neuroscience, from his appearance on the Broken Brain podcast
“We can visualize these EEG disruptions.”
“MeRT is a variant of transcranial magnetic stimulation. This is where we are generating a magnetic field that we know penetrates a couple of centimeters into the cortex, the outermost layer of the brain, and has a lot of different settings to it as far as how fast we can treat, the power, and the dosage.
“As an overview, we’re talking about the speed of this oscillation, how some neurons might be slower, and some might be a little bit faster. We can visualize these EEG disruptions. This is a series for different types of cases:
“[These are] the frontal, central, and posterior portions of the brain. And we can count how many brain waves there are per second. What we expect to find is this brain clock, this radio frequency in the brain that helps us conduct information is the same in the back as we see in central and frontal regions: There’s one peak and it lines up and it’s the same speed.
“What we might find with a patient coming into our clinics with concussion where they have in the front of the brain a slower frequency downstream of the injury. So they’re taking information in but they’re not able to keep up with it. We also see that in addiction. When we look at autism, we might find that this rhythm is disrupted everywhere in the brain.
“Our goal is to take that EEG and to specifically guide therapy settings to be individualized to that person’s brainwave activity.”
– Alex Ring, Director of Applied Sciences at Wave Neuroscience, speaking at the Autism One Conference
How MeRT Works
The Four Steps to MeRT
First, we will perform a q-EEG and an EKG. These diagnostic tests are used to determine the frequencies in the brain and the brain-heart coherence.
Analysis and Protocol
We use a scientific and patented approach with the data gathered from testing to develop a tailored treatment plan for each individual with the goal of restoring function and brain communication.
Once your treatment protocols are in place, you will come for daily 5 days/week treatment. While seated, a trained neuro-technician will apply a magnetic coil at a designated location on your head. This device produces a low-intensity magnetic field to induce mild electrical signals in the targeted areas of the brain. Daily treatment duration is typically 30 minutes, with the magnetic stimulation occurring 6-8 seconds every minute. You will be asked to close your eyes during the 6-8 second treatment period.
QEEG’s and EKG’s will be performed every two weeks to monitor progress and update your protocol. To achieve optimal success and durability from MeRT, 6-8 weeks of treatment is recommended.
To achieve optimal success results from MeRT, most conditions require 4-6 weeks of treatment.
Results are based on strict compliance with our treatment regimens. Results may vary based on each individual and are not guaranteed. Currently, rTMS is FDA cleared for treatment of Major Depression Disorder and OCD. Treatment for all other conditions is considered “off label” at this time.
There have been numerous studies that have shown the effectiveness of MeRT treatment on various conditions and research continues to be ongoing.
Common Benefits of MeRT Can Include:
- Improved sleep
- Relaxation, and better mood
- Better able to concentrate and focus
- Improved mental clarity
- Improved memory
- Better ability to cope with stressors
- Improved social skills
- Increased motivation
- Less cravings for drugs and/or alcohol
- Better ability to adapt to change
- Less anxiety
- Improved ability to interact with others
- Improved confidence
MeRT Treatment Protocol Featured on “Broken Brain” Podcast
Mark Hyman, M.D. is an esteemed functional medicine physician and best-selling author. He founded the Cleveland Clinic Functional Medicine Clinic and created an ongoing podcast called “The Broken Brain.” This podcast focuses on all sorts of different things that affect brain and overall health, from diet to sleep, to therapy.
MeRT was featured on one of his podcasts as an exciting new treatment for patients suffering from traumatic brain injuries, post-traumatic stress disorder, and major depressive disorder (MDD).
Dr. Erik Won, president of The Brain Treatment Center, was interviewed and spoke extensively about the origins of MeRT technologies, and how it has been used to treat veterans who have suffered these types of conditions after returning from war. The Department of Defense completed extensive studies on how MeRT treatment has been able to help these people, and Dr. Won talks about the many successes that have been realized in this podcast. You can watch the video HERE.
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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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