Stroke Side Effects
Brain Treatment Center Australia, doctors and staff offer MeRT, a treatment protocol that may be used for symptomatic changes after stroke. MeRT stands for Magnetic E (for EEG and EKG) Resonance Treatment.
While the neuromodulation equipment used in the MeRT process has been cleared by the FDA in the treatment of depression which has been resistant to medications, it may also be used off label for other disorders in the practice of medicine. These include and other brain disorders.
TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) modulates the brain’s electrical activity by using magnetic fields which pass through the scalp from an electromagnetic coil. However, it is important to note that TMS is a generalized approach to neuromodulation because it is only able to target a single location in the brain with a single frequency.
MeRT is a unique and improved version of TMS as it is a much more individualized approach to brain modulation. It is tailored to the patient’s needs based on frequency, location, and power used.
We perform a quantitative EEG before modulation treatment starts in order to determine exactly the frequency of your brain.
MeRTSM is a cutting edge treatment protocol which combines technologies, Quantitative Electroencephalogram (qEEG), and Electrocardiogram (ECG/EKG) to analyze and formulate treatments that are tailored for each individual’s unique brain pattern.
Most TMS treatments are used to deliver stimulation to one area of the brain at a fixed frequency for all patients, however MeRTSM is more evolved. Our MeRTSM is highly individualized as to frequency and location based on an initial thorough testing and evaluation. This customized, scientific approach is unique to each patient.
The patient’s initial testings are analyzed very carefully 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. Our patients have reported significant clinical improvements after going through treatment.*
Treatment for after-effects of stroke usually lasts 4-6 weeks with possible follow up at varying intervals. This treatment can also be done alongside other stroke therapies, or after rehabilitation therapies are completed. Appointments are 30-45 minutes in length, Monday through Friday. Generally patients report that they feel improvements even in the first few weeks.*
Types of Strokes
- Ischemic stroke occurs when a blood vessel to the brain is obstructed by a clot. This prevents oxygen and nutrients from reaching the part of the brain that’s affected. This is the most common type of stroke, occurring in 87% of patients.
- Hemorrhagic stroke occurs when weakened blood vessels within the brain rupture, and then bleed into the surrounding tissues. This bleeding causes compression of some of the surrounding tissues which causes brain damage. The most common type of hemorrhagic stroke is an aneurism (a blood vessel that bursts) caused by uncontrolled high blood pressure. Another type of hemorrhagic stroke is AVM, or arteriovenous malfunctions. AVM is a congenital defect which occurs when there are structural problems in some of the blood vessels. AVM also creates a higher risk for aneurism because of congenital weakness in the blood vessels themselves.
- TIA or Transient Ischemic stroke is also referred to as a “mini stroke.” It is caused by a temporary clot in the brain and symptoms of this type of stroke are very mild. However, these should be taken very seriously because they are a big warning that a full-blown stroke will occur next and put a person at much higher risk.
- A Cryptogenic stroke is from an unknown cause but can also be quite debilitating.
- A Brain Stem stroke occurs in the stem of the brain instead of the brain itself. Symptoms in some cases can be milder depending on the degree of stroke, but these types of strokes along with the others, can also be fatal.
Depending on where in the brain the stroke occurs, after-effects can affect all different types of functions of the body. If the stroke occurs on the left side of the brain, the right side of the body is usually affected; if it occurs on the right side of the brain, the left side of the body is affected.
The degree to which the brain is damaged determines the extent of the after-effects, rehabilitation needs, and amount of permanent disability.
Because the brain controls every function in the human body, many different areas can be affected, sometimes permanently. However, the after-effects of stroke can also be helped immensely by different types of rehabilitation and therapy. The length of time for recovery can take weeks to months to years, depending on the severity of the stroke.
*The Results shown are based on active and strict observation of our regimens. Results may vary based on individual user and are not guaranteed.