Fisher Wallace Stimulator®
The Fisher Wallace Stimulator® works by stimulating the brain to produce neurochemicals such as serotonin, while modulating the default mode network and entraining alpha waves. The device treats insomnia but is not a sedative – instead, the device modulates the brain to produce a restful state that accelerates sleep onset and restores longer periods of sleep.
The Fisher Wallace Stimulator® works by stimulating the brain to produce neurochemicals such as serotonin, while modulating the default mode network and entraining alpha waves. The device treats insomnia but is not a sedative - instead, the device modulates the brain to produce a restful state that accelerates sleep onset and restores longer periods of sleep.
FDA-Clearance Date: 1990
Medicaid Approval Date: 2017
(1) Fisher Wallace Stimulator<sup>®</sup>
(1) Electrode headset
(1) Velcro headband
(1) Carry case
(1) Instruction manual
FDA-Cleared to treat:
- Chronic Pain
Fisher Wallace Stimulator – How It Works from Fisher Wallace on Vimeo.
We invite you to listen to Andrea Samadi’s review of her month-long trial with the Fisher Wallace device on her podcast, Neuroscience Meets Social and Emotional Learning.
How do I use the Fisher Wallace Stimulator®?
Patients use the Fisher Wallace Stimulator® at home for 20 minutes, once or twice a day on level 2. Patients with insomnia use the device within two hours of bedtime. Consistent daily use in the first 30 days is recommended.
If mood and sleep symptoms are reduced but do not go into remission within the first 30 days, patients may continue using the device on a daily basis. The device has been on the market since 1990 without reports of negative effects resulting from long term use.
If mood and sleep symptoms go into remission (no symptoms), patients may use the device on a “maintenance basis” – three to four times per week – or on an as-needed basis. There are no withdrawal effects associated with ceasing use of the device.
Can I use the device while taking medication?
Yes. The device does not have any contraindications with medication.
The device may be safely used in conjunction with antidepressants and/or other medications. Patients should not reduce or cease taking medication without first speaking with their doctor.
Is there anyone who should NOT use the Fisher Wallace Stimulator®?
The Fisher Wallace Stimulator® can be used by all patients except those with implanted medical devices, such as an implanted nerve stimulator or pacemaker. The device is contraindicated for use on the body in patients who have demand or sensing type cardiac pacemakers. The stimulator’s electrical impulses may interfere with the functioning of such implanted devices.
- This device should not be used around the Carotid sinus
- Patients with known or suspected heart disease should not be stimulated
- Patients who react poorly to the idea of electrical stimulation of any kind should not use this device
- Patients whose skin is irritated around either electrode site should discontinue use of this device
- This device must be used only for the purpose for which a physician or healthcare professional has prescribed or authorized
- This device must only be used by the person for whom the prescription or authorization has been written.
What does the stimulation feel like?
The electrical current is so gentle that many patients do not feel it at all, while some may feel a mild tingling at the sponge contact sites. Mild optic nerve stimulation may also occur, which may produce the sensation of flashing light in the corner of the eyes – this is normal and harmless.
How soon do patients experience benefits?
Many people report positive changes during or shortly after the first 5-10 treatment sessions. Results in treating insomnia are typically experienced faster than in treating depression and anxiety. The device should be used daily for up to 3-4 weeks before making a decision regarding effectiveness. While level 2 is the recommended starting dosage level, the device may be used safely at level 3 and 4, should level 2 not produce positive results after two weeks.
When being used to treat chronic pain (on the body), the device often reduces symptoms within a few treatment sessions.
What is the difference between FDA-Cleared and FDA-Approved?
Pharmaceutical drugs must be FDA-Approved to enter the market. Medical devices must be FDA-Cleared. The Fisher Wallace Stimulator® is FDA-Cleared to treat depression, anxiety, insomnia and chronic pain.
How can I tell if my device is delivering stimulation?
If the green indicator light AND at least one yellow light are illuminated, the device is delivering stimulation. If there is no yellow light illuminated, the sponges may not be sufficiently moist, or the batteries may need to be replaced.
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