Have you heard of Magnetic Resonance Therapy before? Perhaps you’ve heard this type of therapy can help people with PTSD and want to learn more.
Magnetic Resonance Therapy is a type of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) treatment. TMS uses magnetic pulses as a form of therapy. Magnetic e-Resonance Therapy (MeRT), along with TMS, use electrical and magnetic stimulation to target parts of the brain.
Is this treatment a viable form of PTSD therapy? Learn more about this treatment and discover if it can help with PTSD here.
What Is Magnetic Resonance Therapy?
First, what is Magnetic Resonance Therapy, and how can it help with treating PTSD? Magnetic e-Resonance Therapy (MeRT), as we mentioned earlier, is a type of TMS treatment that uses electrical and magnetic frequencies to stimulate specific parts of the brain.
MeRT is a gentle, non-invasive therapy that treats imbalances in the brain that can lead to conditions like Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
To get specific, MeRT uses quantitative electroencephalogram (qEEG) assessments, repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS), and Electrocardiogram (ECG/EKG) assessments.
When combined, you have a highly targeted treatment. You can read more about the treatment process here.
TMS for PTSD
Magnetic e-Resonance Therapy uses Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) along with other protocols. So how does TMS for PTSD really work? First, let’s go over what happens when the brain reacts to fear.
The fight-or-flight response is the body’s reaction to fear. When someone encounters something terrifying, there is a release of hormones. These hormones tell the body to either flee or face the threat.
The fight-or-flight response can kick in whether facing a real threat, such as a dangerous animal, or if you’re stressed over a big meeting or presentation for work.
PTSD is a mental health disorder that can develop in people who have experienced a terrifying, dangerous, or traumatic event. Individuals with PTSD can feel afraid or stressed even when they aren’t in danger.
Trauma can not only change the brain’s structure but also alter how it functions. As a result, the body can create abnormal hormonal levels that may trigger more fight-or-flight responses.
TMS uses magnetic stimulation to balance hormones, which can suppress PTSD.
How Does TMS Work?
TMS works by placing a small coil on a patient’s scalp. An electric current moves through the coil and creates a magnetic field. This magnetic field can create changes in the cortex and alter nerve cell activity.
The magnetic pulses can vary in intensity and frequency, depending on the desired outcome.
How Is Magnetic Resonance Therapy Different?
Traditional approaches to treating PTSD include various types of therapy, such as trauma-focused psychotherapies, medication, or both. Of course, since everyone can experience PTSD differently, one type of treatment may not work for everyone.
According to this assessment, around 33% of people with PTSD are resistant to treatment.
Magnetic Resonance Therapy and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation are safe and non-invasive alternative treatment options. It’s a non-surgical and drug-free option. If conventional treatment methods haven’t helped with your PTSD, you may want to consider Magnetic e-Resonance Therapy.
MeRT is a treatment option that reprograms the brain’s neurochemistry, adjusting any parts of the brain which may be overactive or underactive.
This type of treatment is FDA approved for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and treatment-resistant depression. As more studies investigate the effectiveness and safety of MeRT, it may yet become an approved treatment for other mental disorders.
Does MeRT Help With PTSD?
Magnetic e-Resonance Therapy has helped reduce symptoms of many patients with PTSD.
One particular story involves former staff sergeant Jonathan Warren. He suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder after time in Iraq. One particularly painful memory of not being able to rescue his best friend lingered, causing guilt.
Warren credits Magnetic Resonance Therapy for his recovery. Other combat vets that underwent the treatment call it “brain zapping,” and many credit MRT for their recoveries as well.
Is Magnetic Resonance Therapy Right for You?
Magnetic Resonance Therapy is patient-specific, but if you think this revolutionary treatment might be right for you, set up a consultation at Brain Center TMS.
Let’s cover what you can expect and how it all works.
How Does It Work?
At Brain Center TMS, patients will undergo a series of surveys and tests. An electroencephalogram (EEG) will measure electrical activity in the brain. This information is used for brain mapping and diagnostics.
The scan of electrical activity will help the center come up with a precise TMS treatment. Patients will put on a thin cap, where areas of the brain that need treatment will be marked.
A psychiatrist creates a customized, targeted treatment protocol or prescription. This includes the machine’s settings, such as the number of pulses and the frequency.
Most patients go through about 25-30 sessions.
What does the procedure feel like? Most patients report that it feels like a gentle tapping on the skull. Many people say it’s actually a relaxing experience.
During a treatment session, patients may watch TV or even use their phones or laptops.
Is it possible or advisable to combine Magnetic Resonance Therapy with other treatment options?
Yes, not only is it possible, but it can even boost your success rate. When combined with TMS, psychotherapy is an excellent treatment option for PTSD. We have a staff of clinicians ready and willing to help with talk therapy.
Patients may also be able to stop or reduce medication (in a safely monitored way). Certain medications may help enhance the effectiveness of TMS treatment and may be prescribed short-term.
Are You Ready to Try Magnetic Resonance Therapy?
If you’re dealing with PTSD and looking for a different treatment option, you should give Magnetic Resonance Therapy a try. The first step is a free assessment to make sure that TMS is the right approach for you.
Schedule a consultation at Brain Center TMS today to get started.