MeRT Cognitive Decline Treatment
Magnetic e-Resonance Therapy (MeRT) is a safe and effective treatment that combines technologies of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS, an FDA cleared therapy), quantitative electroencephalogram (qEEG), and electrocardiogram (ECG/EKG) to deliver treatments scientifically designed for each individual’s unique brain pattern. MeRT can be used alone, or in conjunction with other treatment modalities including therapy and medication.
Neuro Wellness Spa is a leader in personalized brain health and neuromodulation. Using state of the art MeRT technology, our clinicians deliver personalized treatments for a wide variety of brain related disorders and to optimize cognitive performance. MeRT therapy is available at our Manhattan Beach clinic. To learn more about MeRT therapy for cognitive decline, contact us today at 1-877-847-3984 or use our contact form.
What is MeRT Therapy?
MeRT is non-invasive and well-tolerated.
Our devices are safe and cleared by the FDA.
MeRT is a drug-free approach that uses magnetic pulses to retrain the brain.
How is Cognitive Decline Treated with MeRT?
MeRT is a well-tolerated and highly effective approach to symptom relief for those with cognitive decline. MeRT combines rTMS, an FDA-cleared treatment, with qEEG and EKG recordings to individualize treatments to each unique brain pattern.
Age-related changes in the structure and function of brain synapses and changes in neuronal networks correlate with cognitive changes with aging. A variety of factors can cause cumulative damage to the brain with age and produce cognitive impairments.
Through the measurement and analysis of your brainwave activity, MeRT identifies disruptions to your brain network and builds treatment parameters specifically tailored to your needs. In most cases, MeRT can visibly reshape brainwave activity, regardless of what may have caused the disruption.
During MeRT treatment, patients recline in a treatment chair. A TMS magnet is positioned over the patient’s head to deliver an individualized protocol of gentle pulses to specific areas of the brain. Patients report that the pulses feel like taps on the head. Each treatment session lasts about 40 minutes, after which patients can immediately return back to their daily routines, including work and school.
Overall, patients tolerate MeRT treatment very well. The most commonly reported side effects are mild scalp discomfort and mild headache during stimulation, which responds well to over-the-counter analgesics.
If you are interested in MeRT therapy for a loved one struggling with cognitive decline, call Neuro Wellness Spa on 1-877-847-3984 or visit to our Contact Us page.
Signs and Symptoms of Cognitive Decline
Cognition is critical for functional independence as people age, including whether someone can live independently, manage finances, take medications correctly, and drive safely. In addition, intact cognition is vital for humans to communicate effectively, including processing and integrating sensory information and responding appropriately to others. Cognitive abilities often decline with age.
Normal age-related declines are subtle and mostly affect the speed of thinking and attentional control. In abnormal aging, declines in cognition are more severe and may include other thinking abilities, such as rapid forgetting or difficulties navigating, solving common problems, expressing oneself in conversation or behaving outside of social rules. Symptoms vary from person to person, but may include:
- Getting lost in familiar places
- Repetitive questioning
- Odd or inappropriate behaviors
- Forgetfulness of recent events
- Repeated falls or loss of balance
- Personality changes
- Decline in planning and organization
- Changes in diet/eating habits
- Changes in hygiene
- Increased apathy
- Changes in language abilities, including comprehension
Cognitive Decline Statistics
Cognition is a combination of processes in the brain that includes the ability to learn, remember, and make judgments.1 When cognition is impaired, it can have a profound impact on an individual’s overall health and well-being. Cognitive decline can range from mild cognitive impairment to dementia, a form of decline in abilities severe enough to interfere with daily life. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia.
More than 16 million people in the United States are living with cognitive impairment. Age is the greatest risk factor for cognitive impairment, and as the Baby Boomer generation passes age 65, the number of people living with cognitive impairment is expected to jump dramatically.
Limitations in cognitive ability may impact a person’s ability to effectively manage medication regimens which can result in poor health outcomes of comorbid chronic diseases like heart disease or diabetes. By educating people about modifiable risk factors, encouraging early assessment and intervention, and understanding its impact on adults and their families, the health and well-being of many older adults may be improved.
For more information about the services we offer, including MeRT, contact us today.