MeRT is an innovative, non-invasive, non-surgical, drug-free treatment for a wide variety of conditions. In this section, we will discuss our treatment protocols in more detail.
What is MeRT?
MeRT stands for Magnetic e-Resonance Therapy. In simple terms, this emerging technology reprograms abnormal electrical signals in the patient’s brain to ultimately modify behavior. The MeRT protocols use brainwave analysis to isolate specific areas of the brain that aren’t functioning as they should be. Then, using specialized equipment, we gently stimulate the distinct areas of the brain that will lead to improved function.
Specifically, the individualized approach of MeRT comes from the qEEG, which is a diagnostic study that measures the pattern of electrical signals in the brain. This study not only tells us what is not functioning properly but also helps us determine how the brain should be operating.
Using the information from the qEEG, we then create a precision treatment protocol. During the treatment, we use a set of magnets placed on the scalp to send electrical signals back into the brain. These mild electrical impulses reorganize the brain signals, thereby stimulating and organizing the function of neurons.
What is the Difference between MeRT and rTMS?
MeRT differs from other similar technologies because of our highly individualized approach. In essence, we use the patient’s own brain waves to make a treatment plan, while other similar technologies (rTMS) have a predetermined treatment protocol based mostly on a patient’s 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 plan tailored treatments for each unique brain pattern.
To be more precise, most rTMS treatments deliver stimulation to one area of the brain at a fixed frequency. Conversely, our MeRT approach is highly individualized as to frequency and location based on initial thorough testing and evaluation.
Definition of Terms:
rTMS = Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation: a non-invasive therapy that uses 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:
At your first appointment, before starting any treatment, we will perform the qEEG and an EKG. These tests are both painless and straightforward, and we do them right in our office. Once we complete testing, our scientists and physicians will interpret and analyze the results to determine the exact function of the brain.
Analysis & Protocol
Once we have your test results, we carefully analyze them using a patented scientific approach. Then, based on this analysis, we develop a treatment plan customized to your specific condition and schedule your assessment period of treatment.
Once your treatment protocols are in place, you will come to therapy five days a week, at two-week intervals. You simply sit in a comfortable chair while a highly trained neuro-technician puts a magnetic coil on your head. This magnetic device induces mild electrical signals in the targeted areas of your brain.
You will typically spend 30 minutes in the chair for each therapy session, and the stimulation occurs for six to eight seconds every minute. During those six to eight seconds, we require that you close your eyes.
During your one or two-week treatment period (depending on your age), we will monitor your progress throughout your daily treatments to confirm how you feel and track improvements. Additionally, after two weeks of treatment, we will perform another qEEG and EKG to review your progress and make any adjustments as needed.
If you respond positively to treatment during the assessment period, you will probably notice some improvements occurring. At that point, we will schedule additional MeRT treatment in two-week intervals.
It is important to note that most conditions require six to eight weeks of MeRT treatment for optimal success. Moreover, results are based on strict compliance with our treatment regimens and may vary based on each patient, and are not guaranteed.
Common Benefits Experienced from MeRT Treatment*
- 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 homes in on the specific non-functioning areas of the brain and gently improves communication and functionality. This, then, 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 more fully explains the MeRT Treatment protocols and how it works.
MeRT Treatment featured on Dr. Mark Hyman’s “Broken Brain” Podcast
MeRT was featured on an episode of Mark Hyman, MD’s The Broken Brain podcast. During this episode, they discussed MeRT as an exciting new treatment for patients suffering from traumatic brain injuries, PTSD, and major depressive disorder.
Dr. Erik Won, Medical Director and President of Wave Neuroscience, talked about how he has been using MeRT to treat members of the military who have either had traumatic brain injuries or concussions or who have experienced PTSD. Additionally, he highlighted the many incredible results after treating these patients with MeRT.
If you or someone you know has experienced conditions such as PTSD or major depression, we highly recommend you watch this amazing podcast!
MeRT Featured on “The Doctors” TV Show for Treatment for Autism
Many children with autism have experienced 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!
Is MeRT the Right Treatment?
It can be difficult to know, just from reading this, if MeRT is the right treatment for you or your child. Because we understand this, we know that your first step needs to be a simple one: A phone consultation with our New Patient Coordinator. During this call, you can discuss your symptoms and history, ask all the questions you want, and have her explain the protocols, fees, and treatment details.
Then, if you are interested in taking the next step, we can set up an appointment for an EEG (as mentioned above) and a second appointment for a consultation with our clinician to talk about your symptoms and possible treatment protocols.
Once we have analyzed your test results, you will have a one-on-one consultation with a clinician. You can attend this appointment virtually if you wish. During this time, you will discuss your symptoms, and the clinician will go over the treatment protocols with you. You can also ask further questions so that together, you can determine if you or your child are a candidate for treatment.
If you decide to move forward with MeRT, you will have a short assessment period (see above), followed by a new EEG to see if you are responding to the treatment. We assess this based on the new EEG results, as well as symptom improvements.
If there is a positive response to treatment during the assessment period, you will have likely noticed some improvements. At that point, we can schedule the rest of the treatment.
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During your call, the New Patient Coordinator will listen to you and answer your questions. She will also explain our process and protocols, as well as costs, possible insurance benefits, and any other details you want to know.
There are no obligations, and she will take all the time you need in order to determine whether you should take the next steps.
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