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?
Magnetic e-Resonance Therapy, or MeRT, is a non-surgical, non-invasive, drug-free, emerging technology. In simple terms, we use MeRT to reprogram irregular electrical signals in the brain. By doing this, we can modify behavior.
The MeRT protocols use 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 those distinct brain areas that lead to improved function.
Treatment overview involves getting a qEEG to measure the pattern of electrical signals in a patient’s brain. This diagnostic study tells us what is not functioning properly and helps us determine how the brain should be operating. We then create a precision treatment protocol using a set of magnets placed on the scalp. These send electrical signals back into the brain to stimulate and organize the function of neurons. This process is called neuromodulation.
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How does MeRT differ from rTMS?
MeRT differs from similar technologies (such as rTMS, or repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation) because of its highly individualized approach. We use each patient’s unique brain waves to make our treatment plan, while other similar technologies have a fixed treatment protocol based mostly on a patient’s diagnosis.
Specifically, most rTMS treatments stimulate one area of the brain at a fixed frequency, while we tailor MeRT treatment to each patient’s unique brain pattern. To do this, we use a qEEG (quantitative electroencephalogram) to map out the brain and determine the exact frequency and location of the magnetic pulses, which can differ from person to person as to frequency and location. It’s a customized, specific approach.
We begin with our diagnostic tools, a qEEG and an EKG (electrocardiogram). These tests measure brain wave frequencies, heart rate, and brain-heart coherence, and we use them to determine the current brain state. With the information from the qEEG, we can create a brain “map” that identifies patterns of dysfunction consistent with various disorders like brain injury, emotional disorders, learning problems, and behavioral issues.
Once we complete these tests, our scientific and clinical teams will carefully analyze the results and determine the current state and functioning of the brain.
Analysis and Treatment Protocol
As part of our treatment overview, we use a patented, scientific approach with the testing data. This approach allows us to develop a highly customized treatment plan which can encourage healthy brain communication and function.
During your treatment session, you will sit in a comfortable chair while the neuro technician administers this gentle treatment near the scalp with a hand-held magnet.
While you may feel a slight sensation during treatment, it is not painful or uncomfortable. We deliver magnetic pulses for six to eight seconds during each minute of treatment.
The equipment we use for MeRT treatment has been FDA-cleared to treat depression and can be used off-label to treat many other disorders.
Following the initial assessment period of treatment, we will perform an additional qEEG and EKG. This lets us assess your progress and modify your treatment as needed. By doing this, we take the best and most exacting approach to your treatment, based on the current state of your brain patterns.
Common Benefits from MeRT*
- Improved sleep
- Better concentration and focus
- More Relaxation
- Enhanced memory and mental clarity
- Reduced pain
- Better mood and more emotional stability
- Less Stress
- Increased attention span
- Improved sociability
- More motivation
- Fewer cravings for drugs or alcohol
- Improved adaptation to change
- Better self-confidence and self-esteem
*Results 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
MeRT featured on the “Broken Brain” Podcast
“The Broken Brain,” a podcast promoted by Dr. Mark Hyman, featured MeRT for treatment of PTSD, Concussions, and Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI).
Dr. Erik Won, president of Wave Neuroscience, talks about how he used this technology to treat members of the military with traumatic brain injuries, concussions, or PTSD because of their experiences. He gives an overview of the MeRT treatment and shares some incredible successes. We highly recommend that you watch this fantastic presentation.
MeRT for Autism Treatment Featured on “The Doctors” TV Show
Is MeRT the Right Treatment?
We understand that MeRT is a relatively new treatment, and you may not be sure if this is right for your situation. Yet this is not a decision you have to make right away or all alone.
Your first step is a simple phone consultation with our New Patient Coordinator. In this free, no-obligation consultation, you can discuss symptoms and history, ask all the questions you want, and have her explain the protocols and fees. She can also further explain the treatment itself.
After the call, if you are interested in taking the next step, we can set up an appointment for a qEEG (a simple, painless, and non-invasive brain scan).
When you come in for your first appointment, we will perform the qEEG and EKG as mentioned above in the Treatment Overview section. These tests will help us evaluate brain activity and show us any dysfunction. The qEEG, or brain mapping, is a valuable tool as lets us customize treatment for YOU.
The qEEG/EKG testing is performed by our chief neurotechnician and takes approximately 45 minutes. However, if you are seeking treatment for your child with autism, please plan on spending an hour with us.
We will also gather your new patient paperwork at this time, and get you scheduled for your initial assessment period of treatment.
Clinical Evaluation and Consultation
Your second appointment will be a clinical evaluation with Kate Ryan, R.N., which takes approximately 45 minutes. You can have this appointment via Telemedicine or in-clinic, whichever you prefer. Please note that if you choose a Telemedicine appointment and are seeking treatment for your child, your child will need to be present.
During this consultation, Kate will answer all your questions and discuss your applicable treatment plan. You will also have an opportunity to meet with our physician and Medical Director, Julie Kim, M.D.
Six weeks of treatment is recommended for patients undergoing MeRT in order to achieve optimal and long-lasting results. However, prior to committing to the six weeks, we have each patient first go through an assessment period of treatment to see how they will respond. This assessment period is included in the six weeks of treatment.
The assessment is two weeks long. It consists of nine treatment sessions followed by a repeat qEEG. Treatment would be provided the first week, Monday through Friday, and the following week, Monday through Thursday. A typical treatment session lasts about 30-45 minutes.
Additionally, the follow-up qEEG results will be covered with you by your provider.
If clinical changes are occurring as they should, and the qEEG also shows progress, then you would then continue treatment which would occur five days per week, Monday through Friday. Generally, you will begin to feel the benefits of treatment within a week or two, but because treatment is cumulative, should continue to note improvements throughout the course of your treatment, and even for some weeks after treatment. Because treatment is consecutive, you must be able to stay in or around the area while undergoing your therapy.
If clinical changes are occurring as they should and the qEEG also shows progress, you will then continue treatment. This ongoing treatment occurs five days per week, Monday through Friday. You should start to feel the benefits of treatment within a week or two, but because treatment is cumulative, you should continue to note improvements throughout the course of your treatment, and even for some weeks afterward. Additionally, because we perform treatment on consecutive days, you must be able to stay in or around the San Diego area while undergoing your therapy.
Because each person’s brain and condition are unique, we customize treatment protocols specifically for each patient, guided by the qEEG results. And repeat qEEGs and clinical consultations occur every two weeks throughout treatment.
As a note, the potential side-effects of treatment are minimal and should begin to dissipate as you progress through treatment. Moreover, the effects of treatment generally last a lifetime, though some patients prefer occasional follow-up treatment as needed.
For those not ready to commit to an assessment period, or if we need to see the results of the testing to confirm that MeRT can help, we also offer the option of coming in for a qEEG/EKG and then having a consultation with Kate or Dr. Kim to go over the results. After your clinical consultation, you will still have the option of going through an assessment period should you choose to do so.
It is important to note that improvements and results of MeRT are based on strict and active observation of our treatment protocols. Results may vary based on each person and are not guaranteed.
INTERESTED BUT NOT SURE?
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It’s normal for patients and their families affected by neurological conditions to feel frustrated and isolated. After all, many have lost hope that treatment can improve the condition. And we have some understanding of what you may be going through.
However, there is hope. MeRT has helped patients restore their brain function, reclaim their lives, and feel passionate about living again. That’s why we want to help guide you through the process so that you can make an informed decision about whether MeRT is the right treatment for you or your child.
It costs nothing to call us and talk about what is happening. Our New Patient Coordinator is here for you. She understands your pain and can answer all your questions. Additionally, she can explain the process and protocols, costs, possible insurance benefits, and any other details you want to know. During this no-obligation consultation, she will take all the time you need to know whether you should take the next steps.
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