Because MeRT is customized for each patient, there may be more steps to treatment than other processes.
Step 1 is the initial analysis to understand the current state of brain function and performance. Through the use of a qEEG, or quantitative electroencephalogram an analysis is completed.
Also known as brain mapping, the qEEG is a safe, painless, non-invasive diagnostic test. A cap is placed on the head to measure brainwave frequencies. This process is a precise way to identify areas in the brain with electrical dysfunction related to either a traumatic injury or a neurodegenerative process.
With the qEEG, we measure the current attention and metabolic state of the brain, which is constantly changing based on alertness, consciousness, and neurological state. Unlike other diagnostic tests, such as an MRI or CT scan, the qEEG uses no radiation or electrical current. We are measuring the information coming from the brain, not sending anything into it.
At the same time as the qEEG, we take an electrocardiogram (EKG) to measure brain-heart coherence. This provides a much more comprehensive understanding of brain activity. Since every qEEG is unique, we can use that specific information to tailor our approach to deliver the best possible results.
Do autistic individuals struggle with the qEEG? Sometimes, but our technicians are skilled, trained, compassionate professionals that work with caregivers to get the diagnostic done successfully. They have been dubbed “EEG whisperers” by more than one caregiver.
Step 2 is the analysis of the neurophysiological data and the development of a customized treatment plan that aims to encourage healthy brain communication. There will be a consultation with one of our physicians who will explain the results of the qEEG and the treatment plan.
Step 3 is treatment. While sitting comfortably, a trained technician will position the magnetic coil on the head. This coil will deliver the individualized treatment protocol to the targeted region of the brain.
The technician applies stimulation for 6–8 seconds per minute. A typical appointment is 45 minutes, 30 minutes of which involve stimulation.
Again, the technicians are very adept and kind to patients that need help, distraction, and engagement.
Step 4 is progress evaluation. We take sequential q-EEG and EKG recordings every 10 treatments to monitor progress and make any necessary modifications to the treatment protocol. This ensures that we are always taking the best approach based on the current neurological state and behavior. A typical course of MeRT varies, but on average, it ranges between 4 to 6 weeks, 5 times per week.
PLEASE NOTE: Brain Performance Technologies only treats children who are three years and older.
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