The Wonders of the Human Brain!
There are approximately 100 billion neurons in the human brain.
In essence, your brain works through populations of neurons interacting with each other. Much of this interaction is through tiny electrical oscillations or brain waves.
What is MeRT?
MeRT stands for Magnetic Resonance Therapy. In simple terms, MeRT employs the use of noninvasive magnetic waves directed at specific areas of the brain that are not communicating or connecting as they should, to gently stimulate those regions. Very thorough diagnostics are used to isolate exactly what is happening in each patient’s brain and a customized treatment plan is developed to stimulate and “wake-up” regions of the brain that have been affected by a variety of neurological conditions. And we have seen a vast array of benefits, improvements, and in many cases miraculous achievements.
The neurons in the brain can be disrupted by many different factors.
The behavior between your neurons can be adversely affected by factors such as:
- An injury to the head or repeated injuries
- Chemical exposure
- Disease or illness
- Developmental disorders such as Autism, Learning disorders, ADD, ADHD
- Extreme stress, anxiety, or trauma
- Congenital conditions
These disruptions can be significant or minor. One’s threshold of tolerance varies from individual to individual. Some people are still able to function in their day-to-day activities, while others are completely debilitated and have no quality of life. But what is truly incredible is that with a little gentle stimulation in the right direction, brain function can be improved.
The MeRT Process
Our technology is a precise process to restore function.
Through sophisticated imaging, diagnostics, and analysis of your brainwave activity, we are able to identify disruptions to your brain network and build treatment parameters specifically tailored for each patient. In most cases, we are able to visibly reshape brainwave activity, regardless of what may have caused the disruption to begin with.
The MeRT platform is a patent-protected process that has been undergoing rigorous research by the Department of Defense and several private institutions for years now, with great success.
We deliver targeted treatment parameters to give you the best possible outcomes.
Through our expertise in neuroscience and the use of sophisticated diagnostics and imaging, we are able to decode and classify functional indicators in the brain that can be addressed by using individualized treatment tools.
As a result, we are able to identify exactly where the brain waves are not communicating properly and use this technology to restore proper function. MeRT technology is able to reshape the activity in the brain, regardless of what caused the dysfunction.
How Does it Work?
Magnetic e-Resonance Therapy is simply a 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 person’s unique brain wave patterns. It is nothing like electric shock therapy, there is no electricity directed at the brain, only magnetic waves that gently stimulate brain activity. You can see in the video above how easy and gentle this treatment is.
The miracles of MeRT include the fact that it is non-surgical, non-invasive, painless, and completely drug-free. It is simply the use of magnetic waves to reprogram dysfunctional electrical signals in the brain to 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.
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 to therapy, 5 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. The stimulation occurs for 6-8 seconds every minute. You will be required to close your eyes during the 6-8 second periods that the magnet is being used.
An additional qEEG and EKG will be performed after two weeks of treatment to allow us to track your progress and make any needed modifications. We also monitor your progress throughout your daily treatments to confirm how you are feeling and to track improvements in the way that you are feeling.
To achieve optimal success results from MeRT, most conditions require 6-8 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 do anticipate FDA approval soon for Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
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 Treatment Can Include:
- Better quality of sleep (usually one of the first benefits realized)
- Improved memory
- Enhanced focus and concentration/attention span
- Stronger motivation
- Better mood
- More able to deal with stress
- Improved learning capacity
- Able to think more clearly
- Able to complete tasks faster
- Less likely to be easily distracted
- Clearer thinking
- Improved emotional control and stability
- Greater sociability
- Improved self-esteem and self-confidence
- Able to put work, play, or storage spaces in order
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How to determine…
Is MeRT the Right Treatment?
Reading this, you may be interested but uncertain if MeRT is the right treatment for you or your child. However, this is not something you need to decide on right away as there are many steps before making a much more informed decision.
The very first thing you can do is a simple phone consultation with our New Patient Coordinator. In this call, you can ask all the questions you want and discuss your symptoms and history. She can explain the protocols, fees, and details of treatment.
The next step is also very simple. We can set up two appointments. The first appointment would simply involve an EEG, which is a completely painless and non-invasive brain scan. This takes about 45 minutes. The second appointment, several days later, once we have the results of the EEG and these have been analyzed, would be a consultation with the doctor.
At this one-on-one consultation, the doctor will discuss the results of the imaging and diagnostics and what may or may not be treatable with MeRT. He will answer any additional questions that you may have, and together you can determine if MeRT would be a beneficial treatment and what that treatment would entail.
If you and the doctor then decide to move forward with MeRT, the first thing that is done is what we call the Assessment Period, where we will perform a short period of treatment, followed by a new EEG to see if you or your child are responding well to the treatment. This determination is assessed, based on the new EEG results, as compared to the initial testing done at the start of treatment, as well as any symptom improvements.
If there is a positive response to treatment during the assessment period, you will have most likely seen symptom improvements starting to take place, and we can then schedule for the additional treatment duration.
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Please feel free to call us and talk about what is happening. Our New Patient Coordinator is here to help. She listens and understands. She is able to explain the process and protocols, costs, possible insurance benefits, and any other details you want to know. She can answer your questions. There are no obligations and she will take the time you need to know whether or not you should take the next steps.
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Insurance Coverage and Payment Options
We are able to provide you with the appropriate paperwork at the end of your treatment for submitting to your insurance company to see if they would provide any reimbursement for treatment. Currently, rTMS is FDA-cleared for Major Depressive Disorder and OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.) Treatment for all other conditions is considered “off-label” at this time.
It has been reported by some patients that they have been able to receive some insurance reimbursement for EEGs or clinical evaluations, depending on their health coverage. Medicare patients have reported that their coverage provides no reimbursement. It is highly unlikely that any insurance will provide reimbursement for the actual treatment of non-FDA-cleared treatment.
With studies currently underway, we are hopeful that treatment for TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) and PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) will be FDA cleared at some point in the next couple of years.
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