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Parkinson’s Disease

Exploring an Alternative Treatment for Parkinson’s

While this condition is progressive, it is possible to see improvements in symptoms and delay progression.

This treatment is now available at the Brain Treatment Center. It’s called MeRT, which stands for Magnetic e-Resonance Therapy.

In patients who have Parkinson’s disease, specific neurons in the brain begin to break down and die. Many symptoms of Parkinson’s occur because of the loss of neurons that produce a chemical in the brain called dopamine. These declining levels of dopamine cause abnormal brain activity, which then manifests in Parkinson’s disease. Parkinson’s is progressive, and currently, there is no cure. However, there are medications that can improve symptoms.

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Parkinson’s Symptoms

  • Tremors are most common, usually starting in the hands or an arm or leg, and occur even when the body is at rest.

  • Rigid muscles can limit movement anywhere in the body and also cause pain.

  • Slowed or impaired movement can make simple tasks more difficult and time-consuming. Steps when walking can become shorter and disjointed, and it can be hard to do everyday tasks like getting out of a chair or going to the bathroom.

  • Balance issues.

  • Stooped posture.

  • Decrease in automatic movements such as blinking or smiling.

  • Speech can become monotone. The patient may slur, or talk faster or slower than normal.

  • Difficulty with writing.

  • Depression, anxiety, and fear.

  • Sleep disorders such as insomnia and/or sleeping during the day.

  • Generalized fatigue.

  • Incontinence or difficulty urinating.

  • Constipation (digestion is slower).

  • Changes in blood pressure with movement, such as a sudden drop in blood pressure when going from a sitting position to standing.

  • Dysfunction with the sense of smell such as no longer being able to identify some odors.

  • Generalized or specific pain in various areas of the body.

  • Cognitive issues such as dementia usually occur in the later stages of the disease. Lewy Body dementia, which can cause hallucinations, is a common type of dementia experienced by Parkinson’s patients.

  • Chewing, eating, and swallowing problems can occur as the disease progresses due to slowed muscle movements.

  • Breathing problems.

The causes of the disease are unknown. However, both genetics and environment can play a role. Some gene mutations can cause Parkinson’s, but these are rare, and usually only seen when many people in a family have the disease. Ongoing exposure to the environment from herbicides and pesticides may increase the risk of developing Parkinson’s in later years, but this is also uncommon.

Conventional Treatment for ADHD

Doctors commonly prescribe a variety of medications to treat ADHD. These seem to balance levels of some neurotransmitters in the brain. While these drugs do not cure ADHD, they can help to ease and manage the symptoms. Additionally, some non-stimulant antidepressants may be prescribed. However, these drugs work more slowly and also come with the risk of suicidal thinking.

Behavioral therapies for people with ADHD can also help, such as social skills training, psychotherapy, and behavioral therapy.


Here at the Brain Treatment Center in Youngstown, we offer MeRT for ADHD. This is a unique version of TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation), with a far more individualized approach to brain modulation. We tailor treatment to the patient’s needs based on frequency, location, and power used. TMS modulates the brain’s electrical activity by using magnetic fields which pass through the scalp from an electromagnetic coil. This process is non-invasive and painless. Research studies and patients show that this type of treatment is promising for ADHD.*

Most TMS treatments deliver stimulation to one area of the brain at a fixed frequency for all patients. MeRT, however, is more evolved. We carefully analyze a patient’s initial testing as to the brain’s pattern of function and activity. We then use this information to devise a highly personalized protocol for each patient, with the purpose of encouraging improved brain communication. Patients have indicated that they have experienced significant clinical improvements.*

Treatment for ADHD usually lasts four to eight weeks. Appointments are 30 to 45 minutes long, Monday through Friday. Generally, the patient will begin to notice improvements during the first week. Once we complete treatment, there is usually no need for follow-up treatment for ADHD.*

While the FDA has cleared the equipment used in MeRT in the treatment of depression that has been resistant to medications, it may also be used off-label for other disorders in the practice of medicine. These include ADHD and other learning disorders.

The MeRT Process

MeRT is a non-pharmaceutical and non-invasive treatment.

Studies have shown altered brain wave oscillations in patients suffering from conditions such as Major Depressive Disorder (MDD), Autism, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Anxiety, and more. MeRT treatment protocol uses a magnetic field to balance and stimulate brain function. The technology involves using sophisticated diagnostics and imaging to customize the treatment for each individual. We then tailor a personalized protocol based on the location, frequency, and amount of power used by the magnet, specific to each person’s unique condition. As a result, MeRT can improve brain communication and synchronization and can lead to significant and long-lasting improvements.

Much of the initial MeRT research has been done by the U.S. Department of Defense for veterans returning from combat. There is an article that was published in Defense One that further explains the DOD’s research and the benefits that MeRT has been shown to have on people suffering from TBI, PTSD, and MDD.

What to Expect

For the initial analysis, you will come in for a comprehensive testing appointment. We will gather your new patient paperwork and then our chief neuro technician will perform a qEEG and EKG, which will enable us to identify any dysfunction or communication problems in your brain.

While this appointment usually takes about 45 minutes, if you are seeking treatment for your child with autism, please plan on spending an hour with us. Should you decide to proceed with treatment, we will schedule your assessment period.

If you are not yet ready to commit to going through an assessment period of treatment or prefer to have your qEEG and consultation done to ensure you are a candidate for treatment, we also offer the option of coming in for a qEEG/EKG and consultation with our clinician to see your results before proceeding with the assessment period.

Your second appointment is 45 minutes long. During this time, you will meet with Dr. Tarun Mehra, for your clinical evaluation. She will answer any questions you may have and discuss your applicable treatment plan. Please note that Dr. Tarun Mehra oversees all treatment for each patient.

Assessment Period

The assessment period of treatment lasts for two weeks.

The assessment period of treatment will help you, and us, determine how you are responding to treatment. At the end of the assessment period, we will perform a second qEEG to note any changes occurring in your brain.

The first week will be Monday through Friday, and the second week, Monday through Thursday, nine sessions in total, followed by a repeat qEEG to determine progress.

Continuing Treatment

Once the assessment period is complete, and we are seeing progress both clinically and on the qEEG, we will schedule subsequent two-week treatment periods. Because each treatment period lasts for two weeks, you must be able to stay in Youngstown or the surrounding area. We advise that to get the most out of your treatment—and for long-lasting results—you stay for an entire six weeks of treatment (which includes the assessment period).

The comparison between the initial and second qEEG/clinical evaluation will determine if you are responding. You should also start to experience changes in the way you are feeling during this time. We highly advise a total of six weeks of treatment (which includes the assessment period) for optimal and long-lasting results.

Since each brain is unique, the protocol will be different for each patient as it is based on specific qEEG/EKG data from your brain, and the specific condition being treated. Generally, the results of treatment can last a lifetime, though some people prefer occasional follow-up treatment as needed. But each person is different, and protocols may vary. Your provider will have regularly scheduled follow-up EEGs and meet with you to gauge your progress.

Additional Information

A typical treatment session takes about 45 minutes. You will sit in a chair while the neuro-technician administers the treatment near the scalp via a hand-held magnet. The gentle magnetic impulses are delivered for six to eight seconds each minute. You may feel a slight sensation while the treatment is occurring, but it is not painful or uncomfortable.

Please note that results and improvements are based on active and strict observation of our regimens. Results may vary based on the individual users and are not guaranteed. Moreover, the results of therapy can vary per individual. In general, the longer the length of MeRT therapy, the longer the changes remain.

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