Brainwaves are rhythmic patterns of electrical activity that naturally occur in our brains throughout our lifetime. They reflect the communication between the billions of neurons, or brain cells, that make up our brain. These electrical signals produce different types of brainwaves, each with its own frequency and characteristics.
Brainwaves can be measured with an electroencephalogram (EEG), which provides the baseline for a MeRT (Magnetic eResonance Therapy) treatment plan. Brainwaves are remeasured by EEG throughout a MeRT treatment course, for the purpose of monitoring progress and making any needed adjustments to treatment.
Brainwaves are categorized by their frequencies, or speed, as follows:
Delta Waves (0.5-4 Hz) – Delta waves are slow and associated with Stage 4, or deep sleep. They help facilitate the rest and restoration of our bodies and minds. All of us also make some delta waves when we are awake.
Theta Waves (4-8 Hz) – Theta waves are increased during light sleep and daydreaming. They play a role in memory formation and learning. Excess theta wave activity is associated with anxiety disorders and a particular genetic mutation.
Alpha Waves (8-13 Hz) – Alpha waves increase when we are in a relaxed meditative state, such as when we close our eyes and take a break from our daily stress. Alpha waves are vital for us to learn, relax, sleep well, and problem-solve.
Beta Waves (13-30 Hz) – Beta waves are genetic, many family members demonstrate similar levels of beta waves regardless of mental activity. High beta waves indicate a brain that is very active and can take in stimuli and information rapidly. Beta waves increase when we are engaged in stressful events, problem-solving, and focused tasks.
Gamma Waves (30-100 Hz) – Gamma waves are produced in tiny amounts. They are very fast brainwaves associated with heightened perception, attention, and information processing.
There is ample and ongoing research to support MeRT treatment, please refer to the research page to read more.