A Non-invasive, Drug-free Approach to PTSD Treatment
that has Provided New Hope — and Miracles
After Exhausting All Options, this Army Veteran was at the End of His Rope. Then he Tried a NEW Treatment for his Debilitating PTSD.
Scot was a retired Army Delta Force operator. As tough as they come, right? Not when it came to what was going on in his brain.
“It was absolutely terrifying to not know what was wrong with me or how to fix the problem,” he said. He’d tried everything, from traditional medicine to psychotherapy to hyperbaric chambers, but nothing made him feel any better.
He felt completely misunderstood by those around him. They thought he was going crazy. They didn’t want to be around him for fear of what he might do. He felt trapped inside his head—a horrible place to be for someone with PTSD.
Then he heard about the Brain Treatment Center and MeRT, or Magnetic e-Resonance Therapy. He figured he had nothing to lose, so he gave it a try.
“The Brain Treatment Center not only identified the deteriorated state of my brainwave activity, but they also restored its function,” Scot said.
Two months after treatment, he felt like he had a whole new brain: “I consider the healing I experienced to be nothing short of a miracle.”
Living with PTSD can be a nightmare—literally. PTSD can cause flashbacks, night terrors, and severe anxiety. The symptoms can last for months or years and can interfere with your day-to-day functioning.
Dr. Thomas Geraci has now brought this state-of-the-art MeRT technology to Summit Brain Health in San Jose to provide treatment for those with PTSD.
MeRT Treatment for PTSD in the San Jose Area
MeRT, which stands for Magnetic e-Resonance Therapy, uses a magnetic field to stimulate and balance brain function, guided by sophisticated imaging and diagnostics. It is completely non-invasive and drug-free.
- Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS, an FDA cleared therapy),
- Quantitative Electroencephalogram (qEEG), and
- Electrocardiogram (ECG/EKG)
to analyze and formulate treatments tailored to each patient’s unique brain pattern.
TMS modulates the brain’s activity by using magnetic fields that pass through the scalp from an electromagnetic coil. However, TMS is more of a one-size-fits-all approach because it only targets a single location in the brain with a single frequency.
MeRT utilizes TMS, however, it is a greatly improved process since the treatment is individualized based on each patient’s condition and needs based on the qEEG results. The frequency, location, and power are customized for each individual.
The patient’s initial tests are carefully reviewed as to the brain’s pattern of function and activity. Through this detailed analysis, we are able to determine the correct neural synchronization.
This information is then used to devise a highly personalized protocol for each patient, with the purpose of encouraging improved brain communication. This can lead to significant clinical improvements.*
MeRT Gets Results for PTSD Symptoms
MeRT has been used to help hundreds of veterans experiencing PTSD. Defense One published an article detailing how veterans are benefitting from MeRT in the article, “Zap: How Electric Therapy is Curing Navy Seals of PTSD.“
Many people who experience Post-traumatic stress also suffer from other mental health conditions such as Depression and Anxiety. The qEEG imaging will identify all areas of dysregulation in the brain and the MeRT treatment will address those as well.
It was absolutely terrifying to not know what was wrong with me or how to fix the problem. BTC not only identified the deteriorated state of my brainwave activity, they restored its function… I consider the healing I experienced at BTC to be nothing short of a miracle.” – US Army Veteran
* Results are based on active and strict observation of our regimens. Results may vary based on the individual user and are not guaranteed.
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Do You Think You Have PTSD?
PTSD, or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, can occur when a person has experienced or witnessed terrifying life events. It can also be triggered when someone has gone through extended periods of severe stress.
Some people that experience extreme trauma can bounce back eventually. However, for others, the symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress can continue for months or years, and in some cases, can get worse.
Additionally, it’s possible to have a delayed onset of Post-Traumatic Stress, as in some cases of child abuse, for example. Others may get through other types of traumatic events, only to have them triggered years later by something else.
One study completed by the National Institutes of Health indicates that during the past year, up to 3.6% of adults experienced PTSD. The symptoms associated with this mental health problem can significantly affect your quality of life, relationships, and ability to cope with everyday, common stressors.
Some examples of symptoms can include:
- Depression, negative outlook
- Anxiety and panic attacks
- Flashbacks to the event
- Inability to sleep or repeated nightmares about the traumatic event
- Avoiding people, places, or events that remind you of the trauma
- Difficulty concentrating/memory problems
- Feelings of numbness
- Changes in temperament to include anger and rage
- Engaging in self-destructive behavior
- Hyper-alertness to sounds
- Easily startled
- Physical and emotional reactions to loud noises, etc.
- Thoughts of suicide
Risk Factors for PTSD
Many things can contribute to PTSD other than the trauma itself. If you have experienced multiple traumas in your life, or you have a personal or familial history of mental illness such as depression/anxiety, then you may be at higher risk. Other risk factors include:
- Exposure to intense or lasting trauma
- A career in the military or as a first responder
- A history of substance abuse
- Not having a good support system of family and/or friends
Some of the most common events that can lead to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder include combat exposure, sexual or physical assault, childhood abuse, an accident, or any other life-threatening trauma such as a fire or a plane crash.
MeRT Treatment for PTSD Featured on The Broken Brain Podcast
Mark Hyman, M.D., is an esteemed functional medicine physician and best-selling author. He founded the Cleveland Clinic Functional Medicine Clinic and created an ongoing podcast called The Broken Brain. This podcast focuses on anything that could affect the brain and overall health, from diet to sleep to therapy.
MeRT was featured on an episode of The Broken Brain as an exciting new treatment for patients suffering from traumatic brain injuries, post-traumatic stress disorder, and major depressive disorder.
Dr. Erik Won from the Brain Treatment Center speaks about using MeRT to treat members of the military who have had traumatic brain injuries or concussions, or who have experienced PTSD as a result of their experiences. He highlights the many incredible successes of using this treatment.
If you or someone you know has experienced conditions such as PTSD or major depression, we highly recommend you listen to this presentation.
Starting as a New Patient for PTSD Treatment
Starting as a new patient at Summit Brain Health initially involves two appointments, both of which are about 45 minutes to an hour in length. Your first appointment is when your testing takes place, and the second appointment is when you have your consultation with Dr. Geraci.
At the first appointment, we will collect your new patient paperwork, and our neurotechnician will complete your qEEG and EKG testing. During this test, we place a cap on your head to measure the electrical activity in your brain and map out any areas not performing as they should. We also place a lead on your chest to capture the EKG data.
This testing is simple and painless, and we perform it right here in our office, then send the data to our scientists and clinical teams. They, along with Dr. Geraci, carefully analyze the test results to identify any dysregulation occurring in the brain. Based on their analysis, we develop a treatment plan customized to your specific condition and schedule your assessment period of treatment.
Consultation and Treatment
Your second appointment, after your qEEG/EKG, is a consultation with Dr. Geraci. He will be able to answer any questions that you may have and let you know more about what to expect during your treatment. He will also go over your medical history, along with symptoms.
Treatment begins on a Monday and ends on a Friday each week. We repeat the qEEG after every 10 treatments. We also monitor clinical progress. Appointments are 30-40 minutes long. We closely monitor any clinical changes being realized by the patient, and the qEEG/EKG confirms what changes are occurring in the brain. The treatment sessions generally last 30-45 minutes each day.
If you are a patient who will be traveling from out of town, we aim to schedule your qEEG/EKG on a Friday, then schedule your consultation and first treatment session for the following Monday.
The full duration of treatment usually lasts for 6 weeks.
For patients who prefer to have their first and second appointments before deciding to move forward with treatment, we are happy to work with you on this.
We do not accept insurance at our clinic, nor do we file it on your behalf. We are happy to provide you with the appropriate paperwork at the end of your treatment period so that you can submit it to your insurance company to see if they will provide any reimbursement. Please note, however, that neither Medicare nor Medicaid offer any reimbursement coverage for MeRT treatment.
Contact Our New Patient Coordinator for More Information
Life can be frustrating and isolating for those affected by brain disorders—and their loved ones. In fact, many have lost hope for any relief. However, there IS hope: MeRT has helped many patients restore their brain function, reclaim their lives, and feel passionate about living again.
We understand what you may be experiencing, and our goal is to help guide you through the healing process. To that end, we will provide you with quality care in a warm and compassionate environment.
It’s important to note that many of the clinicians and technicians employed by various clinics that offer MeRT have gone through treatment protocols themselves and have realized first-hand what the treatment has done for them. As a result, they are passionate about helping you to heal.
Our New Patient Coordinator is available to answer questions about how MeRT can help you or your child. During your call, she’ll take the time to listen to your concerns, answer your questions, explain costs, and put your mind at ease. She can also assist you in getting scheduled should you decide to move forward with treatment.
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