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Magnets and an Afflicted Mind: Effects of TMS on Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is a severe mental disorder that had crippled people throughout history. Before humans began really studying psychology, people associated schizophrenia with demons and possession. Thanks to the advancement of cognitive sciences, we have a greater understanding of this mental disease.

 

Schizophrenia Symptoms

Common symptoms of this disease include:

  • Hearing voices with no external sources
  • Severe paranoia – e.g. believing other people are plotting against them
  • Twisted sense of perception
  • Using made-up words that make sense to them
  • Sociopathic behavior and self-isolation, often due to aforementioned paranoia

 

There are patterns to the disease, but schizophrenia can be unpredictable. The harder part is that there’s not much reason nor rhyme to the disease. A person can appear functional until they start talking, or have their episodes.

 

Antipsychotics

Schizophrenia currently has no “cure” as we don’t know the exact cause the illness. Thankfully, it’s manageable, allowing a person to live a functional life. One such treatment is through the use of antipsychotics.

We used antipsychotics since the 1950’s, but these drugs have side-effects. One of them, Clozapine, is an effective antipsychotic drug but can cause low white blood cell count, which can put a patient’s health at risk. Eventually, we developed drugs that don’t negatively affect the body as much. These “atypical” drugs are effective but can cause increased weight gain and metabolic changes, which can lead to a host of other risks.

Long-term use of these medications may cause involuntary twitching of your muscles. Called “Tardive Dyskinesia”, the body sends errant signals to the muscles, commonly around the mouth or the fingers.

 

How “Magnets” can Help

For people who want an alternative method of treating schizophrenia, magnets may have something to offer.

TMS or Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation can affect the brain in ways that are beneficial to schizophrenic patients. The effect can be witnessed during the “mapping” part of the procedure, where a patient’s hand or leg would twitch when the electromagnetic “coil” is activated on top of a patient’s head. Since the cells of your body are affected by electricity, precise and harmless electromagnetic waves can trigger neurons to fire.

This essentially “retrains” areas of the brain to activate better by stimulating them. TMS could also be used to enhance certain brain functions using the same stimulating effect. It has uses in treating depression and migraines, with more conditions already in clinical trials. The key on how TMS can help treat Schizophrenia is through “Cortical Inhibition”

Put simply, cortical inhibition is your brain’s way of calming down brain activity with GABA (gamma-Aminobutyric acid), a chemical responsible for helping you calm down from excitement or anger, among other things.

Researchers saw that an aspect of schizophrenia had something to do with the lack of cortical inhibition, which itself was caused by an impairment of a region of the brain. By using TMS to stimulate certain parts of the brain, it could potentially “retrain” those areas to activate during schizophrenic attacks and help patients more easily manage the symptoms on their own.

While clinical trials are ongoing and are so far inconclusive, there’s still a tremendous amount of speculation that TMS will widely recognized as an excellent treatment option for schizophrenia.

 

Migraines are not your ordinary headaches. Sometimes, a headache is caused by a simple lack of sleep. Other times, it’s caused by stress. But what separates migraines from headaches is that they are severely painful and recurring.

 

Migraine Buildup

An important factor that separates them is that Migraines often come with warning signs. In some people, their vision gets distorted somehow, becoming sensitive to light and sounds, or feeling intense nausea eventually leads to vomiting.

There’s no known single trigger for a migraine, but there are plenty of identifiable reasons that lead to migraine triggering. A majority of the “leads” are stress, food and drink, and sleep (specifically, lack thereof), which could also cause common headaches in some people. In some cases, it could even be feeling a certain emotion, such as feeling sad. There is no one cause, but there’s a whole range of solutions.

 

Medication

Medications works against migraines, but not everyone can tolerate meds and there are patients who get no benefit from those meds. Though the medication can be as simple as over-the-counter drugs, recurring pain can get in the way of normal life. The drugs don’t work 100% and in some cases only work briefly to “take the edge off”.

 

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation for Migraines

That’s where TMS -Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation- is used for migraine treatment. The procedure is literally putting a magnet on your head. The statement alone can raise speculation, but it’s a bit more complicated than that.

Your brain triggers signals by using electricity. It’s been recorded that your brain uses around 20 volts electricity on average. Electromagnetism can deliver a harmless charge that activates neurons. By using the TMS machine to activate your neurons, it can “massage” parts of your brain that do not function correctly into functioning correctly.

Though there’s no clear trigger when it comes to migraine episodes. Research into brain activity during a migraine points out over-activity in one or more regions of the brain. TMS will stimulate the occipital cortex, which can suppress a migraine by calming brain activity. It may not treat a migraine when it’s already there but could reduce the intensity of the next attacks, or halt it from happening altogether.

 

TMS Accessibility

TMS therapy for a migraine doesn’t even have to happen in a clinic anymore. Portable versions of the TMS machine is now available, so you can do the therapy in the comforts of your own home. The devices, just like the TMS machine, deliver short but precise bursts of electromagnetism. They are to be placed on the back of your head and used for about 20-30 minutes.

As far as success goes, it was enough for the Food and Drug Association (FDA) to approve TMS as a treatment for a migraine. People who use TMS therapy either found themselves relieved of a migraine for the whole day. The continued use resulted in many patients finding themselves pain-free, even without daily TMS sessions.

TMS technology is moving forward every passing day. First, it was initially used to study the brain and map it out. As our understanding of the brain advanced further, we come up with more ways to use electromagnetism as a way to treat imbalances in our brain. Put it simply, it’s only going to improve as research goes deeper.

To make an appointment with TMS of the Palm Beaches, please contact us at your earliest convenience. We are also here to answer any questions you might have, including about the applicability of your insurance for undergoing TMS treatment.

 

Humans are the only species on Earth capable of looking into ourselves. Not just in the soul-searching kind of way, but literally opening our heads and studying the brain. Our brain is what makes us tick, what makes us who we are, and nearly all of our body parts are used to either protect or keep our brain running.

 

Our Brains and Depression

What’s interesting is that our brains are powered by electricity. Our body consumes calories to create energy, which the brain uses to activate its cells and produce the needed signals to keep us alive and make us who we are. Sometimes, the brain fails to function the right way, often caused by infections, abnormalities, or injuries. One such example is depression, a condition where the brain’s altered chemistry causes a person’s thoughts and perception, causing feelings of sadness and disinterest. Sometimes it can be managed using drugs, but medications don’t always work for everyone. Some people are resistant to drugs, others cannot tolerate the drugs itself, and some have persistent or severe depression that won’t fully go away with meds alone.

Through the use of electromagnetism, however, medical researchers and physicians found ways to affect our brain and help treat conditions such as depression. Since several regions of the brain regulate our mood, stimulating these areas could activate neurons in an attempt to awake or realign the circuitry in your brain.

 

How it Works and What to Expect

Before you start a TMS procedure, you’ll need to do two tests: a physical exam and lab tests to ensure TMS is safe for you. TMS is a safe and harmless procedure, but in the realms of medicine, we always need to be as safe as possible. You could have metal plates in your body from surgery, a pacemaker or similar devices, or foreign objects that could be affected by the magnet.

Then, you’ll undergo a psychiatric evaluation, which is especially important if you are suffering from depression. When all is said and done, you’re ready for TMS therapy.

 

Starting Treatment

You’re going to be seated on a chair and the operator will attach sensors to your hand and your head that will monitor your body’s electrical activity. The procedure starts with the physician placing the “coil” over your head activate the machine.

The first step is to activate the coil on certain parts of your brain. When the machine is activated, it will produce a somewhat loud clicking sound and one of your arms or legs may twitch. This procedure is called mapping. Once they are finished with mapping and they have found the area to be stimulated, they will begin the procedure.

The coil will stay on a certain part of your head and the machine will turn the coil on at fixed intervals. The entire procedure may last around 30 to 40 minutes. Afterward, you may feel slight hearing impairment from the loud clicks, and a bit of scalp pain or discomfort. In some cases, you might feel some motion sickness, but all the symptoms will disappear after a few minutes.

The entire therapy may last somewhere between 25 to 40 sessions and is usually done about 5 or 6 days a week.

For more questions about TMS or to schedule a consultation, contact us today.

 

Tinnitus is a condition where a person hears noises in their ears or in their head without any external sources. Sometimes it’s buzzing sounds, ringing, or in some severe cases, deafening explosions. This is not a disease but a symptom of either ear damage or brain damage. It can be caused by many diseases. This can range from tumors, damage to the delicate bones of the ear, or constant exposure to loud sounds.

 

Treating Tinnitus

Though there are extensive studies about the cause and mechanisms behind tinnitus, the condition is still not fully understood. The sounds tinnitus patients hear is not something their minds made up, but a “mimicry” of signals that make the brain register it as a sound. From here we know that both the ear and the brain are affected when we encounter tinnitus, but how is it treated?

One of the ways it is solved is to treat the source. It could be an injury, an infection, or a tumor that must be removed. In some cases, unfortunately, even if the source of tinnitus is treated, the symptom remains. To treat the symptom, there’s Cognitive Behavior Therapy. This procedure “trains” you to focus your mind away from the noise. Another method is Therapeutic Noise Generation where you’re subjected to a mix of sounds. This is to train your brain into focusing on the external noise rather than the internal sounds.

Advances in Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Treatment is also showing success in treating Tinnitus. So, what is Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation?

 

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)

To put simply, an electromagnet is placed on your head. This is connected to a machine that pulses magnetic waves. It also controls the frequency of electromagnetism to pass through your brain with precision. The electromagnetic pulses activate certain brain cells, essentially “massaging” the brain into working in a specific way. In general, the effect focuses on restoring normal brain function, making parts that don’t work right, work properly.

The process is harmless, with most of the side-effects attributed to motion sickness and minor deafness. It has shown remarkable results in treating severe depression, migraines, and shows potential in treating Asperger’s syndrome. So far, the Food and Drug Administration has approved using TMS to treat depression. The successes of clinical trials also suggest that more TMS treatments will be approved soon.

 

TMS for Tinnitus

According to clinical studies and trials, TMS offers significant relief to people suffering from tinnitus for at least a year. The treatment allowed continuous relief for up to six months. Some of these patients were people who have not found any other treatment that worked for their condition for more than 20 years. With TMS, they suddenly found themselves temporarily free of the noise. There’s not yet conclusive data about permanent treatment, but the fact that it works for patients who have tried all other conventional methods means further development of TMS as a tinnitus treatment is promising.

TMS is not a new. It has been in practice since the early 1990s, but the implications and effects are surprising for conditions beyond only using TMS to treat mental illness. It will only get better and it’s only a matter of time.

 

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, or OCD, is a mental disease that is led by -as the name lays out- obsession and compulsions. These obsessions are intrusive thoughts, urges, and triggers that get in the way of everyday life. It can get so extreme that it not only intrudes, but can completely control a person’s entire life.

 

Intruding Thoughts and Compulsions

While most people have compulsions and intrusive thoughts, we can usually tame them on our own. Even the more persistent thoughts can be tamed by simply engaging the thought and creating closure. With OCD, these thoughts cannot easily be tamed. The brain’s own warning system triggers out of their control. There’s no clear logic to the impulses, making treatment not necessarily difficult, just complex.

Psychotherapy is one option to take to figure out a person’s triggers or the source of their psychological conditions. This therapy can train the brain to combat their impulses by gradually introducing them to their fears.

 

TMS to Treat OCD

There’s a new way to treat OCD that does not need drugs. It’s the non-invasive procedure of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation. It is a simple process, but the effect is complex.

With Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, an electromagnet is placed on a patient’s head. A machine generates finely tuned charges electricity to activate the magnet. It then delivers precise electromagnetic waves in pulses.

The electromagnetism excites neurons, causing them to either fire or react as if they have received a signal. One of the common reactions is the ticking sound you feel and the tapping sensation on your head. The strength of the electromagnetic pulse is increased until they see a vivid reaction like involuntary blinking or light twitching of your fingers. The procedure is painless, with most of the discomfort only due to the “fear of the syringe needle” effect.

When the neurons are activated, it can trigger patterns your brain naturally makes on its own. This includes the natural release of Dopamine, also known as the “Reward and Satisfaction Chemical”. This effect is one of the reasons TMS is used to treat persistent and severe depression.

 

Clinical Trials

Clinical trials have shown success in treating OCD. Present clinical trials are paving the way into turning TMS into a proper treatment. They are testing the treatment by exploring the brain and finding out where the “inhibitory” part of the brain is.

OCD is an “excitatory” disease. This means that the brain abnormally activates neurons that cause the compulsions and obsessions. By stimulating the inhibitory parts, it can help the brain release the chemicals required to slow and halt the “excitatory” effects of OCD.

The clinical trials were so far successful. They produced relevant data that suggests stimulation of the inhibitory functions of the brain helped suppress the impulses and inhibitions. Like psychotherapy, TMS is training the inhibitory parts of the brain to work normally. This will allow the brain to achieve proper homeostasis or proper chemical balance.

Research into the brain’s inner workings is advancing every day. We keep discovering and rediscovering methods, and even discover new parts of the brain which we thought didn’t exist. Combined with our exponential advancement in technology, TMS procedures can address more precise parts of the brain. Eventually, we can find a way to bring new life to people shackled by their mental diseases.

 

To learn more or to find out if TMS is right for you, Contact Us at your earliest convenience.

 

Research into the way our brains work has progressed exponentially over the last few decades. We are the only life on earth that looks into ourselves, what makes us tick, what makes us think, and what makes us, us. Our brains function through signals, powered by electricity created by our own body.

We’ve tried to master the way the brain utilizes electricity. This started by directly inserting pins that delivered charges to the brain. The brain responded, allowing us to get a rough map of what part of the brain controls which part of the body. Afterwards, we experimented to make practice safer and more beneficial. Still, we continued to search for other methods since inserting pins into the brain is, well, pretty scary.

There are many technological leaps made in this field like Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). Another path we took is through Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS).

 

What is TMS or Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation

It needs three things: an electromagnetic coil, a machine to deliver precise electric signals, and your brain. The electromagnetic coil delivers a weak magnetic pulse that stimulates brain cells. The stimulation causes neurons to react. This produces certain effects that could be benign or beneficial to people. As far as the research is going, it’s positive.

 

Adverse Effects of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation

With positive effects always come adverse effects. Like all medicine, the goal is to produce as much benefit while minimizing the negative effects. The procedure can cause loud “taps”, simulating sound. Some patients can have their hearing lessened for an hour or two. In some rare cases, it can cause fainting and minor memory impairment. The cases are isolated but possible.

 

Uses of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation

TMS is used to diagnose damage from stroke, multiple sclerosis, movement disorders, injuries and other damages to the neurons, both in the brain and the spinal cord. The effects are measured, allowing doctors to get a proper map of which functions are compromised.

It’s also used to treat major depression. According to research, it has effects on slowing down addiction. With continued therapy, it allows effective suppression of mental impulses due to addiction and withdrawal.

The same effects were shown to have improvements in treating migraine and other neuropathic pain. This is recommended for conditions where regular treatment of drugs are ineffective, or if the patient cannot tolerate the regular treatments

 

 

Future Implications of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation

The potential benefit of TMS is not fully embraced yet. But further research shows positive results for treating Autism Spectrum and Aspergers. There are also aspirations and speculation about the use of TMS in furthering brain development. There’s prospective data that may suggest TMS can help stimulate brain cells. Its effect on depression also shows potential for treating other psychological disorders. This can range from emotional or mood disorders caused by trauma or other pathological reason.

Clinical trials are still ongoing. The effects of electromagnetism on the brain is still in its infancy, but as time passes, our technology evolves exponentially.

 

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is used for a variety of mental illnesses and mood disorders. It has a myriad of benefits for those who are suffering from depression. It is also worth looking into if prescription medications don’t work for you or a loved one.

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Benefits

Below is a list of benefits you will receive from undergoing TMS:

  1. TMS, a relatively safe treatment, is well-tolerated and is best for those with depression.
  2. TMS allows you to have a medication-free alternative. There are little to no side effects with TMS. Other types of treatment such as medications can cause tiredness, memory loss, weight gain, upset stomach, and sexual problems, among others.
  3. Only few, light side effects are experienced with TMS. This includes mild discomfort in the area of the scalp where TMS is administered.
  4. TMS is a non-systemic type of therapy. The patient’s bloodstream is not affected in any way whatsoever.
  5. With TMS, the patient does not need to be hospitalized. There is no need for a long recovery time. In addition, there is a less of a financial burden since you don’t need to stay in the hospital for an extended period of time. A patient who has undergone TMS can immediately go home after the therapy.
  6. TMS is available for all people who are 18 years old and above.
  7. TMS currently is being researched for various uses. It is being researched as a treatment for diseases such as Stroke, Tinnitus, Parkinson’s Disease, and Pain.
  8. It is administered by certified TMS physicians and certified TMS technicians. Thus, the patient is assured of the efficiency of the entire procedure.
  9. There are TMS devices approved by the FDA. Thus you are sure the procedure is safe.
  10.  TMS patients do not require anesthetic procedures before the actual process is done. Thus, risk of cardiac or respiratory arrest is not present.
  11.  Memory loss is not a side effect of TMS. This is as opposed to electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) which can cause both short-term and long-term memory loss.
  12.  It improves motor symptoms in patients who have Parkinson’s Disease (PD)

Eligibility

TMS can’t be given to patients who have metal objects in their heads. Similarly, patients who have metallic ink tattoos and tattoos that respond to magnetic forces are not allowed to undergo TMS. Those who have dental fillings or braces can undergo TMS.

In Conclusion

TMS is a procedure with a lot of benefits. It can be used to treat a variety of disorders. If you are suffering from a particular type of disorder or mental illness, you should contact a certified professional regarding TMS. You don’t have to get bogged down by serious side effects caused by prescription medications. You can try TMS as an alternative or a supplement to your current therapy.

For more information on TMS, visit or contact TMS of the Palm Beaches here. Contact us today!   

 

Anxiety is a condition that has many forms, including being aggravated by various types of depression. Thus, anxiety is a complex condition that may debilitate a person who has it. It is also important to remember that anxiety varies in levels from hour to hour. It also varies in degrees from day to day. And as far as being responsive to environmental influences is concerned, anxiety can also lead to panic attacks and improper social behavior.

One treatment used for anxiety is prescription medications. Your doctor might prescribe a particular medication to treat anxiety. Other medications may also be prescribed to combat the side effects of the main drug used to treat anxiety. Because of the side effects experienced by people taking anti-anxiety medications, a variety of treatments have been developed as an alternative to or additional support for medication.

One such treatment is Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) therapy. TMS can be given to patients who don’t respond to counselling and prescription medications. They can also be given if patients experience extreme side effects with prescribed drugs. TMS has many forms and the responses from patients with anxiety vary. It actually is dependent on various factors:

 

1. Type Of Magnetic Coil

Each TMS machine type has a different magnetic coil. For example, Neurostar’s coil is a figure-8 coil. This type of coil stimulates a relatively focused area of the brain. On the other hand, the Brainsway device has a coil that stimulates a wider area because of its H-shape form.

 

2. Stimulation Location

Certain locations of the brain are stimulated based on the illness being treated. For example, clinical trials stimulate the right dorsolateral prefrontal cortex for anxiety. On the other hand, the orbitofrontal cortex is stimulated for obsessive compulsive disorder.

 

3. Stimulation Frequency

Clinical trials of TMS usually deliver a rapid stimulation of cortex at the frequency level of 10Hz. However, with anxiety, 1 Hz is used. This is because 1 Hz is known to induce inhibitory reactions on cortical activity. On the other hand, 10 Hz is known to have excitatory effects.

Studies have also been conducted on the use of TMS for PTSD, Panic Disorder, and Generalized Anxiety Disorder. For example, one controlled trial showed results that the stimulation of the left dorsolateral prefrontal cortex at 10 Hz is very efficient for core PTSD.

In another study, they have found symptom reduction for those who have panic disorders. In this study, a 1 Hz treatment was used to stimulate the right dorsolateral prefrontal cortex. Remission of patients was also present in another study. This used stimulation of the right dorsolateral prefrontal cortex at 1 Hz. Note: The patients who underwent this study have generalized anxiety disorder.    

   

In Conclusion:

Anxiety can be a difficult condition to deal with, especially since it so often comes side by side with depression. People with extreme anxiety disorders can have an incredibly difficult time trying to live an “everyday” life. The good thing is studies have shown promising results regarding TMS for anxiety. If you have a loved one who has this condition, you can talk to your doctor about undergoing TMS.

It can be an alternative or a supplement to your loved ones’ current therapy sessions and could potentially lead to longer periods without anxiety attacks. To learn more about TMS treatment for anxiety, give us a call Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm.

 

Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) can be an amazing way to treat depression and pain. You might be in need of this treatment and are looking for companies who offer it. But how do you screen these companies and select the best ones? Well, below is a guide to help you choose the best TMS company and relieve yourself of depression and pain.

Characteristics Of Great TMS Companies

  1. They Know If You Are Eligible For TMS

Companies who are certified to provide TMS therapy also know if you are eligible for it or not. Usually, those with non-removable metals in their heads are not allowed to undergo TMS. The exception of which include those who have dental fillings or braces. If you have a non-removable metal implant in your head and you undergo TMS, it may lead to the object moving, heating up, or malfunctioning. This can cause serious injuries and even death.

Metal implants such as the following prevent a patient from undergoing TMS:

  •       Brain or neck stents
  •       Aneurysm coils or clips
  •       Stimulators for the brain
  •       Electrodes that act as brain activity monitors
  •       Metallic implants located in the eyes and ears
  •       Bullet fragments and shrapnels located in or near the head
  •       Those with tattoos that are metallic or magnetic-sensitive. These type of tattoos should be located on the head or face.
  •       Other metal objects or devices implanted in the head or near it
  1. They Know When To Use TMS Therapy For Patients

Great TMS companies know that Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation is used only when the first line of treatment does not cause significant improvement in the patient. Sometimes, TMS is used to supplement prescription medications. Those who cannot tolerate side effects of prescription drugs are also given TMS as an alternative.

  1. They Are Trained To Administer TMS To Patients

Before the TMS procedure, patients are required to remove objects sensitive to magnetic forces. These include jewellery and credit cards. They also provide patients with earplugs to protect their hearing sense.

TMS companies are able to make pre-therapy measurements to ensure the coil is placed properly near the head. The patient’s motor threshold is also measured before the full administration of the therapy. It is constantly for every treatment reassessed to make sure the therapy is in line with the needs of the patient.  

  1. TMS Is Administered By TMS Physicians With Credentials

TMS should always be prescribed by a physician with the necessary credentials. The measurement of the motor threshold is done by the physician himself. Trained TMS technicians are supervised by the physicians to make sure proper rules and guidelines are followed and executed.

TMS physicians should always be present during the execution of treatment. Patients are also allowed to stop treatments. They can immediately state any experience of discomfort or pain that can be reasons for stopping the TMS treatment.

In Conclusion

If you are looking for the best TMS company, it is always recommended to do your due diligence. You can also opt for TMS Palm Beaches, a certified company located in Florida.

 

Before modern techniques, electrodes were surgically implanted in the brain to treat pain. But this invasive procedure has many drawbacks. Nowadays, a non-invasive treatment for pain holds promise for patients. This popular treatment is called Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS).

Before we delve into TMS, let us dig deeper into the mechanism of pain.

 

What Is Chronic Pain?

Chronic pain refers to the pain that lasts more than 6 months. This painful experience can range from mild to excruciating degrees. It may also be continuous or episodic. When the pain is both continuous and excruciating, patients are often left unable to complete daily tasks. It leads to both physical and emotional problems. This, in turn, leads to negativity at work, home, business, relationships, and mental health.

Chronic pain is usually caused by trauma (e.g. injury, accidents). It can also be caused by an illness or infection. Signs and symptoms of chronic pain include the following:

  • Recurring or ongoing pain that does not go away
  • Mild to excruciatingly severe pain
  • Sensations of shooting, aching, burning
  • Stiffness, soreness, discomfort, and tightness
  • Mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, irritability, stress, and low self-esteem

 

TMS For Pain Management And Treatment

TMS is used to treat chronic pain and major depression. The brain’s circuit activity is altered by the magnetic field produced by TMS. This method has a huge advantage over pain prescription medications. Drugs usually get inside the body causing a large number of side effects. On the other hand, TMS produces minor side effects since the therapy is directly delivered to the brain.

 

Evidence Of TMS Efficiency In Treating Pain

A study has found out that the repetitive implementation of TMS to patients resulted in a consistent reduction of pain scores.  The results showed that pain scores were reduced by 15% for a week. But, scientists encourage more research in regard to TMS. This is to improve its efficiency in managing and treating pain.   

 

How Is TMS Applied?

Clinical studies found out that the motor cortex is the best target for TMS and its treatment of pain. Repetitive TMS (rTMS) is also given to patients. In this method, series of pulses are targeted to the brain and is delivered in rapid succession. This is all done in a single session. But, different techniques are applied to different people. This is due to the fact that people vary in their reactions to TMS treatments.  

To provide a long-lasting pain treatment, multiple sessions of repetitive TMS (rTMS) is delivered to the patient. Multiple sessions affects the connectivity of the brain. It can alter the circuits responsible for pain thus reducing it. Some treatments are required to be administered daily during the early phases. Then, it is reduced to weekly therapies and monthly therapies. Treatments can last for months or even year.

 

In Conclusion

TMS is best used to treat pain and depression. It is recommended for those who experience debilitating side effects from prescription medications. TMS is used to alter brain activity. Doing this non-invasive procedure also results in a few side effects, making it a great alternative for those who don’t respond well to medication.

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