A new closed-loop algorithm-guided neurotechnology may be able to significantly improve symptoms for individuals with post-traumatic stress disorder, according to a new study released this week.
Data from the study of the HIRREM neurotech device, produced by Brain State Technologies, indicated that 89% of patients treated with reported significant reductions in symptoms of traumatic stress as well as other benefits for the individuals.
Findings from the study, which was a collaborative effort between BST and Wake Forest School of Medicine, were published today in the journal BMC Psychiatry.
The company’s HIRREM is a computer-based, closed-loop system designed to monitor dynamic brainwave patterns, algorithmically analyze changing brain frequency and produce unique and changing forms of acoustic stimulation back to the user.
In the trial, a total of 89% of participants reported significant reductions in traumatic stress, and data indicated that the system increased symmetry between the left and right temporal lobes in a high-frequency range.
“We are extremely pleased with these findings, given the tremendous burden of suffering associated with trauma. For many people, currently accepted treatments are not effective or adequate. The results suggest why tens of thousands of people have used our core technology for wellness or performance optimization. Trauma is an unseen epidemic, and a relaxed brain can reset itself, even give a person their life back,” Brain State Tech founder & CEO Lee Gerdes said in a press release.
Cardiovascular regulation measures for 12 study participants showed improvements in heart rate variability and baroreflex sensitivity. Researchers in the study said that such improvements
“The cardiovascular findings speak to the brain-heart connection, and they are consistent with results we have reported from use of HIRREM by individuals with other clinical conditions. Traumatic stress increases the risk for heart disease and other disorders, and a genuine advance in traumatic stress treatment should help both the mind and the body,” BST research director Dr. Sung Lee said in a prepared statement.