How Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Therapy Works

How Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Therapy Works

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is a form of brain stimulation therapy. It is a non-invasive form of treatment that makes use of electromagnetic pulses to excite nerve cells to improve different symptoms of mental or neurological disorders.

TMS therapy is an approved procedure that’s majorly used for depression. It is usually prescribed for people who don’t respond to psychotherapy or antidepressant medication. Also, it can be used as a form of treatment for disorders like Parkinson’s disease and anxiety disorders.

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Therapy is carried out by a specialized TMS physician and is regarded as an outpatient procedure. Call 619-333-8114 for more information.

When is Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Therapy used?

For anyone suffering from depression, the most likely form of treatment that a doctor will recommend is psychotherapy or antidepressants, even before TMS. However, there are certain situations where TMS will be very useful. They include;

  • When one or more antidepressants have not been effective,
  • When the patient experiences adverse side effects while using the antidepressants,
  • If the patient is a young adult, teenager, or child.

TMS is a great choice for younger people because this group of people has a higher chance of developing negative side effects from antidepressants.

What conditions benefit from TMS?

There are different benefits that TMS therapy can bring for patients. Some of the conditions that may be appropriate for TMS are;

  • Depression
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Anxiety
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Stroke rehabilitation
  • Schizophrenia
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Chronic pain
  • Nicotine addiction
  • Multiple Sclerosis

Side effects of transcranial magnetic stimulation

It’s quite uncommon to have side effects with TMS. However, in cases where these complications occur, you may experience;

  • Mild headaches,
  • Lightheadedness,
  • Facial twitching,
  • Neck pain,
  • Scalp pain,
  • Sleepiness,
  • Tingling,
  • Altered cognition during treatment.

Symptoms like lightheadedness and headaches will typically go away after numerous treatments. There’s also a chance of experiencing seizures. However, it is quite rare, even as low as 0.1%.

Also, TMS is typically safe. However, it may not be for everyone. This may not be the right treatment for you if you have any form of metal in your head. Some of them include;

  • Aneurysm coils Or clips
  • Brain or neck stents
  • Cochlear implants
  • Deep brain stimulators
  • Electrodes
  • Facial tattoos with metallic ink
  • Permanent piercings
  • Bullets or bullet fragments

The magnetic fields in TMS can make these implants heat up or move, which can cause serious injuries. It’s advisable to avoid TMS if you;

  • Are currently taking stimulants,
  • Have a history of seizures or epilepsy,
  • Have a medical condition that increases the risk of seizures.

TMS is targeted at the activities of the brain’s nerve cells in your brain because they typically alleviate the symptoms of depression. TMS can also benefit patients with other disorders like PTSD, anxiety, or OCD. TMS therapy also works in improving motor dysfunction that can help patients deal with diseases like stroke, multiple sclerosis, and Parkinson’s disease.

Contact Pacific Medical Care to schedule your restorative pain management in San Diego consultation or to get more information about the reasons why TMS may or may not be suitable for you.

No Comments

Post A Comment