MeRT PTSD 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 individualized treatments to each 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 posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), 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.
“Besides offering the most effective treatment I’ve experienced, MeRT promises to accelerate results that might take months or years through traditional treatments. I feel like MeRT reintroduced me to the person I can be, and put me back in control.” – US Navy Veteran
“After my 6th treatment, I slept 8 hours straight, I usually averaged 3-5 hours max. In the morning it felt like a light bulb turned on in my head… clarity of thought that I haven’t experienced in years.” – US Army Veteran
How is PTSD Treated with MeRT?
MeRT is a well-tolerated and highly effective treatment for PTSD. MeRT combines rTMS, an FDA-cleared treatment, with qEEG and EKG recordings to scientifically design treatments for each individual’s unique brain pattern.
In many cases, PTSD will manifest as the result of disruption in the front of the brain. It is common to see two competing alpha frequencies in the frontal lobe and slow rolling waveforms (delta & theta waves) drowning out what should be a single strong alpha frequency.
No two people are the same, even with similar symptoms. Using qEEG recording, MeRT therapy individualizes each patient’s protocol with the goal of reducing competing brainwave activity. As the chaos of the brainwave activities subsides, an improvement in sleep, cognitive processing, emotional stability, and overall sense of wellbeing is often realized.
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 TMS therapy for yourself or a loved one suffering with PTSD, call Neuro Wellness Spa on 1-877-847-3984 or go to our Contact Us page.
Signs and Symptoms of PTSD
PTSD is the acronym for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. It is a potentially chronic and disabling psychiatric disorder that starts after exposure to actual or threatened death, serious injury or violence. A person suffering from PTSD may experience disturbed sleep, avoidance, altered mood, and recurrent, intrusive, distressing memories of the traumatic event(s).
Signs and symptoms of PTSD can begin right after a traumatic incident, but sometimes symptoms may not appear until years later. Symptoms can vary in intensity over time and can vary from person to person. Symptoms of PTSD may include:
- Intrusive Traumatic Memory Recall: People with PTSD often have memories of their trauma. Recall of these memories may be random or may come up with certain “triggers.” Triggers are related to the subject or content of the trauma. These memories may be intense enough to make a person believe they are reliving the event—these are called “flashbacks.”
- Disturbed Dreams and Insomnia: Distressing nightmares also may result from trauma. These may cause trouble sleeping or trouble concentrating.
- Emotional Disturbance: Some people with PTSD may exhibit anger or irritability, may be easily startled or frightened or may feel guilt or shame. A person with PTSD may also feel emotionally numb, avoidant or depressed. Often, people with PTSD avoid places or people who remind them of the traumatic event(s).
- Isolation: People with PTSD often feel isolated. They may separate themselves from loved ones and experience decreased interest in life or activities, which increases isolation and risk of depression.
Timely support for PTSD and comorbid depression is important and may help prevent symptoms from worsening. Getting support from others, may also help prevent unhealthy coping mechanisms such as misuse of alcohol or drugs.
Many people associate PTSD with combat veterans. While soldiers experience an elevated risk of developing PTSD, soldiers are not the only ones impacted by PTSD or comorbid depression.
Almost daily, reports of death, injury and violence appear in the paper or on the daily news. Over 70% of adults worldwide experience a potentially traumatic event in their lifetimes, with over 30% experiencing four or more. According to the National Center for PTSD, 7-8% of the population in the United States will have PTSD at some point during their life, and 8 million adults have PTSD in a given year.
Even though PTSD treatments are effective, most people do not get the help they need. Contact our team to learn more about how we can help.
For more information about the services we offer, including MeRT, contact us today.