While many factors affect your mental health, your brain is the center of everything. The brain directly impacts your emotional, mental and physical well-being. Mental illness and brain-based disorders have become increasingly common.
Mental illnesses each have their own unique set of symptoms, and the treatment should be tailored to your specific needs and brain chemistry. Magnetic e-Resonance Therapy (MeRT) is a personalized treatment option that can help heal various mental health disorders.
Here is how MeRT can improve the symptoms of depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
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MeRT: A New Approach
If you’re suffering from depression, anxiety, or PTSD, the effects of these disorders on your brain are actually visible through a specialized brain recording , called a quantitative electroencephalography (qEEG). This is a non-invasive process that measures your brain’s electrical activity so it can be analyzed for imbalances and abnormalities.
The detailed reports from the qEEG also allow for an accurate diagnosis of certain issues, including depression, anxiety, and PTSD. Tri-Cities Functional Medicine in Tennessee has recently added MeRT treatment to its offerings. With this new treatment option, we can effectively address issues such as these that have been resistant to other treatments.
After the qEEG, we create a personalized MeRT treatment protocol specific to your neurological issue. MeRT is a completely non-invasive, non-surgical, and drug-free treatment. The treatment uses magnetic fields to gently stimulate your brain and rewire the way the neurons fire to achieve balanced brain function.
A Closer Look at qEEG
The idea of using electricity to treat mental illness has a long history dating back to the 1700s. However, it wasn’t until the 1920s that a German scientist named Hans Berger discovered that the brain can produce electrical oscillations at varying strengths.
Hoping to discover that humans were telepathic, he placed a tool intended to measure the heart’s electrical activity near a patient’s skull. The tool moved as it encountered electromagnetic activity in the brain, which could then be graphed. This graph was dubbed the EEG, which was the foundation for the qEEG.
While Berger did not prove that humans were telepathic, his EEG did become a healthcare staple that is still used to this day to detect abnormal brain activity. The qEEG – also called ‘brain mapping’ – goes one step further and applies mathematical and statistical analysis to the brainwave graphs. It also considers factors like age and gender to produce the most accurate readings.
The brain map produced by a qEEG helps accurately determine a person’s brain waves and treat mental illness. MeRT combines the qEEG results with electrocardiogram (EKG) technology to get a baseline understanding of your brain and heart synchrony so we can create an individualized MeRT protocol for you.
How MeRT Helps Heal Mental Illness
No two people experience mental health disorders the same way. However, the theory behind MeRT is that many mental health conditions have something in common: your brain no longer uses its natural information-processing rhythm. Everyone’s natural rhythm is a frequency somewhere between 8 and 13 hertz.
When mental illness disrupts your brain’s natural frequency, it essentially causes your brain to emit electricity at different rates, resulting in imbalanced brain activity. MeRT treatment can be used to detect this imbalance, find out which regions are causing it, and bring the off-balance frequencies back onto the beat.
MeRT and Common Mental Health Disorders
More than 7 million adults in the U.S. have had at least one major depressive episode, and women nearly twice as likely as men to have experienced depression. Some people may try treatments such as therapy and prescription medication to help but have found that the depression keeps coming back. Others may not want to take antidepressants due to side effects.
MeRT uses a magnetic field to stimulate and balance brain function, guided by a qEEG and EKGs. It has been used successfully to treat depression, particularly when medications haven’t helped or have caused complex side effects.
Depression has been linked to abnormally high amounts of beta waves in the brain, which can lead to “rut-like” thinking patterns. Alpha waves, on the other hand, are often associated with creativity and reduced depression. MeRT delivers magnetic stimulation to certain areas of your brain to help reset the brain waves and restore a proper balance.
Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 18.1% of adults every year. Anxiety disorders are highly treatable, and there are many conventional treatment options out there, including therapy, meditation, and prescription medication. However, if you have tried all of these treatments, but none have worked for you, there is still another option you may have never considered: MeRT therapy.
Neurons in your amygdala – your brain’s fear center – can cause feelings of anxiety and anxious behaviors. Those specific markers show up in your qEEG reports when you suffer from anxiety, signifying an imbalance in brainwave activity. MeRT is a different approach to treating anxiety. It uses your unique qEEG reports to create a custom plan for the frequency, location, and intensity of treatment for your unique situation. This tailored treatment strengthens healthy brainwave activity to reduce your anxiety.
PTSD affects more than 7.5 million adults, and women are more likely to be affected than men. Traumatic events are deeply personal, and the symptoms related to PTSD are unique to each individual. This can sometimes make treating PTSD difficult.
MeRT, however, is particularly effective when it comes to treating PTSD. Much like depression, an imbalance of beta and alpha waves has been associated with PTSD, but these imbalances are located in a different area of the brain. MeRT can help train these brain waves to change and shift when desired, reducing the symptoms of PTSD. Often, the effects of MeRT can be felt immediately for those who have been living with PTSD, such as improved mood and a more positive outlook.
How Does MeRT Work?
At Tri-Cities Functional Medicine, we use four steps in our MeRT treatment:
- Take a Baseline Recording: First,we use a qEEG combined with an EKG to measure your heart rate, brain-heart coherence, and brain wave frequencies.
- Create a Custom Plan: Next, we create a custom plan based on our analysis from your qEEG and EKG results.
- Magnetic eResonance Therapy: During treatment e stimulate specific areas of your brain with magnetic pulses for six to eight seconds per minute for approximately 30-40 minutes.
- Follow Up and Adjust: We will monitor your progress and administer subsequent treatments for a 2 week assessment period. You will then have a follow-up EEG and meeting with our doctor who will discuss any adjustments and recommend further treatment according to the analysis of your EEG results. This is typically 4-6 more week of treatment. We will take a qEEG and EKG recording every 8- 10 treatments to determine your progress and make any adjustments if needed.
Is MeRT Your Next Step?
MeRT treatment is for anyone looking to find relief for their mental illness. If you decide that MeRT treatment could help you, here’s where to start:
- Watch our free webinar to learn more about this non-invasive, drug-free, and highly effective treatment.
- Schedule a free Discovery Call to discuss your brain health concerns and goals to see if our MeRT is a good fit for you.
- After your Discovery Call – if you decide to move forward, you’ll schedule the qEEG and consultation with our doctor to get you started toward better brain function. .
If you are one of the millions grappling with depression, anxiety, or PTSD, reach out to Tri-Cities Functional Medicine for help.
Tri-Cities Functional Medicine is located in Johnson City, Tennessee, and serves patients throughout East Tennessee and into Virginia and North Carolina. These areas include but are not limited to: Washington County, TN, Sullivan County, TN, Carter County, TN, Greene County, TN, Knox County, TN, Bristol, TN, Holston Valley, TN, Tri-Cities, TN, Walnut Hill, TN, Elizabethton, TN, Greeneville, TN, Morristown, TN, Blountville, TN, Bluff City, TN, Kingsport, TN, Jonesborough, TN, Colonial Heights, TN, Limestone, TN, Knoxville, TN, Bristol, VA, and Abingdon, VA.