What is MeRT?
MeRT, short for Magnetic e-Resonance Therapy, is an emerging technology that offers a non-surgical, non-invasive, and drug-free approach to treatment. Its primary aim is to reprogram irregular electrical signals in the brain, resulting in the modification of behavior.
The MeRT protocols utilize brainwave analysis to identify specific areas of the brain that are not functioning or communicating effectively. Through the use of specialized equipment, we delicately stimulate these targeted brain regions, leading to improved functionality.
The treatment process begins with a comprehensive assessment that involves a qEEG (quantitative Electroencephalogram) to measure the electrical signal patterns in the patient’s brain. This diagnostic study provides valuable insights into areas of dysfunction and helps us understand how the brain should ideally operate. Based on this information, we create a precise treatment protocol tailored to the individual, utilizing a set of scalp-mounted magnets. These magnets emit electrical signals that stimulate and organize the function of neurons in the brain, a process known as neuromodulation.
The electrical activity in your brain, known as brain waves or thought patterns, is as unique as your fingerprint. With approximately 100 billion neurons, the human brain relies on these electrical oscillations to regulate its functioning. However, when disruptions in normal brain activity occur due to internal or external factors, it can lead to dysfunction. This is where our approach becomes cutting edge, as we address these disruptions to restore optimal brain function.
Step 1. TESTING
Our diagnostic process begins with the utilization of advanced tools, including a qEEG (quantitative electroencephalogram) and an EKG (electrocardiogram). These tests allow us to measure brain wave frequencies, heart rate, and brain-heart coherence, providing valuable insights into the current state of your brain. By analyzing the data obtained from the qEEG, we can create a detailed “map” of your brain that reveals patterns of dysfunction associated with various conditions such as brain injury, emotional disorders, learning difficulties, and behavioral challenges.
Once these tests are completed, our dedicated scientific and clinical teams meticulously examine the results to gain a comprehensive understanding of your brain’s current state and functioning. This thorough analysis forms the basis for developing an individualized treatment plan tailored to address your specific needs.
During your initial appointment, we will conduct the qEEG and EKG tests mentioned earlier in the Treatment Overview section. These tests play a crucial role in evaluating brain activity and identifying any existing dysfunction. The qEEG, also known as brain mapping, provides us with valuable insights that enable us to customize the treatment specifically for you, taking into account your unique brain patterns and needs.
Our experienced chief neurotechnician will perform the qEEG/EKG testing, which typically takes around 45 minutes. However, if you are seeking treatment for your child with autism, we kindly request that you allocate approximately an hour for this session.
Additionally, while you are at our clinic, we will collect your new patient paperwork and proceed with scheduling your initial assessment period of treatment. This assessment period will allow us to further evaluate your condition and determine the most appropriate treatment approach moving forward.
CLINICAL EVALUATION AND CONSULTATION
For your second appointment, we offer the option of a clinical evaluation with our physician, which typically lasts around 45 minutes. You have the flexibility to choose whether you prefer this appointment to be conducted via Telemedicine or in-person at our clinic, based on your convenience and preference.
During the clinical evaluation, our physician will be available to address any questions or concerns you may have. They will also discuss and provide insights into your specific treatment plan, tailored to your individual needs and condition. This consultation aims to ensure that you are well-informed and comfortable with the recommended approach for your treatment journey.
Step 2. ANALYSIS AND TREATMENT PROTOCOL
As an integral part of our comprehensive treatment overview, we employ a patented and scientifically-backed approach that leverages the data gathered from various tests. This approach enables us to create a meticulously tailored treatment plan that focuses on promoting optimal brain communication and function.
By analyzing the testing data using our specialized methodology, we gain valuable insights into your unique brain patterns and areas of concern. This allows us to design a highly personalized treatment plan that is specifically tailored to address your individual needs. Our goal is to facilitate improved brain communication and function, ultimately fostering a healthier brain state.
Step 3. MERT THERAPY.
Throughout your treatment session, you will be seated in a comfortable chair while our skilled neuro technician administers the gentle and precise treatment near your scalp using a handheld magnet.
While undergoing the treatment, you may experience a mild sensation, but rest assured that it is not painful or uncomfortable. The magnetic pulses are delivered for a duration of six to eight seconds within each minute of the treatment session.
It’s important to note that the equipment we utilize for MeRT treatment has received FDA clearance for the treatment of depression. Furthermore, it can also be used off-label to address various other disorders, expanding its potential therapeutic applications beyond its primary clearance.
Step 4. PROGRESS EVALUATION.
After the completion of the initial assessment period of treatment, we will conduct an additional round of qEEG and EKG evaluations. These assessments allow us to closely monitor and evaluate your progress, enabling us to make any necessary modifications to your treatment plan. By utilizing this approach, we ensure that your treatment remains highly personalized and tailored to the current state of your brain patterns. Our goal is to provide you with the most precise and effective treatment possible.
Common Benefits from MeRT*
*Results are based on active and strict observation of our regimens. Results may vary based on the individual users and are not guaranteed.
The recommended duration for MeRT treatment is six weeks to achieve optimal and long-lasting results. Before committing to the full six-week program, each patient undergoes an initial assessment period of treatment to gauge their response. This assessment period is included within the six-week treatment plan.
The assessment period spans two weeks and includes nine treatment sessions. These sessions are conducted over the course of the first week from Monday to Friday, and the following week from Monday to Thursday. Each treatment session typically lasts around 30 to 45 minutes.
After completing the assessment period, a follow-up qEEG is performed, and the results will be discussed with you by your provider. If both clinical changes and qEEG show progress, you will proceed with the remaining treatment sessions.
The subsequent treatment phase involves sessions five days per week, from Monday to Friday. You may start experiencing the benefits of treatment within the first week or two. As treatment is cumulative, you can expect to notice ongoing improvements throughout the course of your treatment and even in the weeks following the treatment period.
It’s important to note that since treatment sessions are consecutive, it is necessary for you to be able to stay in or around the treatment area during the entire therapy period.
If clinical changes and qEEG progress indicate positive outcomes, you will continue with ongoing treatment. This treatment phase involves sessions five days per week, from Monday to Friday. You should begin experiencing the benefits of treatment within a week or two. However, since treatment is cumulative, you can expect to observe further improvements throughout your treatment and even in the weeks following its completion. It is essential to stay in or around the San Diego area throughout the consecutive treatment days.
To ensure personalized care, we tailor treatment protocols specifically to each patient based on their unique brain and condition, guided by the qEEG results. Regular repeat qEEGs and clinical consultations occur every two weeks throughout the treatment period.
It is worth noting that potential side effects of treatment are minimal and tend to diminish as you progress. Furthermore, the effects of MeRT treatment typically have a lasting impact, with results lasting a lifetime for most patients. However, some individuals may prefer occasional follow-up treatment as needed.
For those who are not ready to commit to an assessment period or if we need to confirm that MeRT can be beneficial based on the test results, we offer the option of undergoing a qEEG/EKG and consultation with a physician. Following the clinical consultation, you still have the option to proceed with an assessment period if you choose to do so.
Please keep in mind that the improvements and results achieved through MeRT rely on strict adherence to our treatment protocols and active observation. Results may vary from person to person and are not guaranteed.