Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation

Unlike other behavioral health procedures, TMS or Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation is a new procedure. TMS has already undergone several applications and developments. This also includes brain activity measurement and the treatment of PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder), anxiety, mental health conditions and chronic pain. But just like any other new medical treatment, TMS is also associated with many misconceptions, half-truth or better yet outright myths. Here are the top myths of TMS that often discourage patients to take this treatment. TMS is...

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation and the Non-invasive Stimulation of Brain

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation was introduced in 1989 but until recently, rTMS or repetitive Transcranial magnetic stimulation was just a little-known method of stimulating our brain, non-invasively. However, in 1995, the demonstration of rTMS possible and effective therapeutic effects on depression marked an increased interest among neurologists, psychiatrists, public and basic scientists. So how does this well-recognized procedure stimulate the human brain and help in the treatment of chronic depression? To discuss this, let us dig deeper into TMS principles! Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation uses...

TMS – A non-invasive method that is changing the modern medicine practices

The transcranial magnetic stimulation has greatly contributed to understanding the function of a normal brain. It also helps in stimulating the human brain and nerves for therapy. In other words, the growth of this non-invasive method has now fundamentally shifted the modern medicine practices! By the use of nuclear magnetic resonance imaging to electrocardiograms, many clinicians are constantly acquiring complete and better understanding of things happening inside the human body. This is being done without the need for surgery or having...

TMS – A non-invasive method that is changing the modern medicine practices

The transcranial magnetic stimulation has greatly contributed to understanding the function of a normal brain. It also helps in stimulating the human brain and nerves for therapy. In other words, the growth of this non-invasive method has now fundamentally shifted the modern medicine practices! By the use of nuclear magnetic resonance imaging to electrocardiograms, many clinicians are constantly acquiring complete and better understanding of things happening inside the human body. This is being done without the need for surgery or having...

Understanding the Mechanism of TMS

The nerve cells in our body are surrounded by a membrane that maintains the difference in electrical potential of -70mV between their surrounding and their interior. When current is locally induced, it decreases this potential difference by some millivolts all along the length of the cell membrane and initiates a depolarization wave that propagates along the nerve fiber length. This is referred as a nerve impulse. This nerve impulse can also be generated by electrode insertion into/near the nerve and can be...

FAQs of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation

A patient who suffers from chronic depression, and is no more responsive to anti-depressants, can stimulate their affected brain area through the process of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation. TMS is a non-invasive treatment that uses electromagnetic fields, like an MRI machine, and stimulates the brain area which is affected due to prolonged depression. The treatment does not require the patient to get admitted to the hospital or stay overnight. However, following are some of the most frequently asked questions about TMS that...

Understanding the Difference between Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation and Electroconvulsive Therapy

TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) and ECT (Electroconvulsive Therapy) are both cranial procedures that are used to treat mood disorders or mental illness. ECT is a procedure that uses electric current and is majorly managed in a hospital setting. The therapy involves several side effects and some of them can be as serious as memory loss. On the other hand, TMS is basically a non-invasive therapy. The procedure is commonly administered at a doctor’s office or any out-patient setting. The procedure...

How Does Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Work?

TMS – Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation — is a proven treatment for depression that remains uncured with ordinary methods. This is considered as one of the most important tools in today’s psychiatric treatments. Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation is a noninvasive procedure which does not require any skin penetration like other treatments. So how does this treatment work well to treat depression when other procedures fail? TMS produces significant changes in the neuronal activity, and in all those brain’s regions which are implicated in the...

Understanding Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is a process which is employed to treat depression that may not be resolved by ordinary methods. This method uses magnetic fields to stimulate the functionality of the nerve cells responsible for creating depressive behavior. This is an important tool in psychiatric treatment. Here are some important elements of this method: Working of TMS The TMS is a noninvasive procedure and therefore, does not need active penetration of the skin. A typical session starts by placing a...