Your Brain is a Wondrous Thing!
The brain contains approximately 100 billion neurons.
You are probably familiar with the fact that the brain contains approximately 100 billion neurons. It’s interesting because the brain works through populations of neurons interacting with each other. One way that they interact is through tiny electrical oscillations or brain waves.
If we can positively affect injured or non-neurotypical brains, we may not be far from improving connections in healthy brains and enhancing intelligence in a generalized way.” – Luke Nosek of Founders Fund on Brain Treatment Center
What is MeRT?
Many things can disrupt your neurons.
Many things can disrupt the quality of behavior between your neurons. You may have a(n):
- sleep disorder
- congenital condition
- chemical trauma / addiction
- acute injury to the head
- high amount of stress, emotional trauma, or anxiety
- illness or disease
- developmental disorder such as autism, learning disorders, ADD, or ADHD
Disruptions can be minor, or significant—everyone has different thresholds of tolerance. Some people can still function in their day-to-day activities, while others are completely debilitated and have no quality of life. What is amazing, however, is that with a little nudging in the right direction, the brain can be improved.
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The MeRT Platform
Our technology is a platform to restore the mind.
Through the measurement and analysis of your brainwave activity, we identify disruptions to your brain network and build treatment parameters specifically tailored to your needs. In most cases, we can visibly reshape brainwave activity, regardless of what may have caused the disruption to begin with.
The MeRT platform is a patent-protected process that is currently undergoing rigorous research by the Department of Defense and several private institutions.
We analyze brainwave data to deliver targeted treatment parameters and give you the best outcomes possible.
By combining our deep expertise in neuroscience with machine learning analysis, we can decode and classify functional indicators in the brain that can be changed by using individualized treatment tools.
We 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 and How Does it Work?
MeRT, or Magnetic e-Resonance Therapy is an emerging treatment protocol that uses the combined technologies of rTMS (Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation), qEEG (Quantitative Electroencephalogram, and EKG (Electrocardiogram) to tailor treatment protocols to each patient’s unique brain wave patterns.
MeRT is non-surgical, non-invasive, painless, and completely drug-free. We use gentle magnetic waves to reprogram dysfunctional electrical signals in the brain. This, in turn, can modify behavior and restore function.
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. Once this has been done, our scientists and physicians will interpret and analyze the results to determine the exact function of the brain.
2. Analysis and Protocol
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.
3. MeRT Treatment
Once your treatment protocols are in place, you will come to therapy five days a week, in two-week intervals. All that is needed from you is to 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. Time spent in the chair is typically 30 minutes, and the stimulation occurs for six to eight seconds every minute. You will be required to close your eyes during the six-to-eight-second periods that the magnet is being used.
4. Progress Evaluation
We will perform an additional qEEG and EKG after two weeks of treatment to allow us to track your progress and make any needed modifications. We will also monitor your progress throughout your daily treatments to confirm how you are feeling and to track improvements.
To achieve optimal success results from MeRT, most conditions require six to eight 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, MeRT is FDA approved to treat Major Depressive Disorder. Treatment for all other conditions is considered “off label” at this time, although we anticipate FDA approval soon for Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Additionally, many studies have shown the effectiveness of MeRT treatment on various conditions, and research is ongoing.
Common Benefits* of MeRT Treatment Can Include:
- 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.
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What to Expect
We understand MeRT is a relatively new treatment, and you may not be sure if this is right for your situation. However, we want you to understand that 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. During 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
Following your testing, your second appointment will be a clinical evaluation with Nurse Practitioner Kayleigh Prowse, 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, Kayleigh 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.
Assessment Period of Treatment
We recommend six weeks of treatment for patients undergoing MeRT, to achieve optimal and long-lasting results. However, prior to committing to the full six weeks, we have each patient go through an assessment period of treatment to see how they will respond. We include the assessment period in the six weeks of treatment.
The assessment lasts either one or two weeks, depending on the age of the patient. For children 10 years and younger, the assessment period is one week. It consists of attending four treatment sessions, Monday through Thursday, followed by a repeat qEEG to determine progress.
Assessment for anyone 11 years and older is two weeks long and consists of nine treatment sessions followed by a repeat qEEG. We provide treatment Monday through Friday the first week, and Monday through Thursday the second week. A typical treatment session lasts about 30 to 45 minutes. Additionally, your provider will go over your follow-up qEEG results at the end of the second week of treatment.
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 Kayleigh 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.
Insurance Coverage and Payment Options
We are an in-network provider with TRICARE. Therefore, if you have TRICARE insurance, it is possible that your policy may provide coverage for you or a family member, depending on your specific policy and condition. Our New Patient Coordinator can discuss this with you in further detail.
For all other insurance, we are considered out of network and cannot file insurance on your behalf. We can, however, provide you with the appropriate paperwork at the end of your treatment. Then you can submit it to your insurance company to see if they will provide you with any reimbursement.
Currently, rTMS is FDA cleared for Depression and OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.) Treatment for all other conditions is considered “off-label.” However, for non-FDA-approved treatment, it is not likely that insurance will provide reimbursement for our protocols.
Some patients have reported that they have been able to receive some reimbursement for EEGs or clinical evaluations. However, this depends on their health coverage. Additionally, Medicare patients have reported that their coverage provides no reimbursement for MeRT.
We take all major credit cards, including Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover.
Care Credit is also an option to help finance medical expenses and is a separate company from The Brain Treatment Center San Diego. This is a credit card you can use to cover medical expenses and services. Additionally, they typically offer zero-interest financing for 12 months.
Usually, when you go to the Care Credit website and apply, they will rapidly let you know if you receive approval.
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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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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 many different things that affect the 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.
Dr. Erik Won, president of The Brain Treatment Center, 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 helped these people, and Dr. Won talks about the many successes. Click here to watch this amazing podcast!
MeRT for Autism Featured on “The Doctors” TV Show
Many children with autism have experienced some miraculous results in their overall function after going through MeRT treatment.** “The Doctors” interviewed neurologist, Spencer O. Miller, MD who has been using this treatment, and some moms of kids with autism give their testimonials as well! Click here to watch this episode!