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Understanding The Benefits of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)

Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a neuromodulation technique that has demonstrated significant utility in the treatment of mental illnesses. TMS employs an electromagnetic coil placed on the scalp to generate an electric current that modulates neuronal firing patterns within various regions of the brain. Originally approved by the FDA in 2008 to treat drug-resistant major depression, TMS has also been approved as a treatment for various conditions, including OCD and Anxiety. Furthermore, there have also been quite a few recent studies in experimental cognitive neuroscience on the effects of TMS in healthy volunteers. Here at BrainHealth Solutions, our team of professionals is ready to utilize these treatments to their fullest potential in hopes of improving your mental health. We’re going to be looking at all of the benefits of TMS and how the method works when executed.

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) – How Does TMS Work?

Transcranial magnetic stimulation functions due to the delivery of electromagnetic energy, with help from an electromagnetic coil that’s placed on your scalp. The magnetic pulses are responsible for stimulating nerve cells in the part of the brain that is responsible for depression, executive functioning, and mood. TMS triggers the areas of the brain that exude lower levels of activity in patients dealing with anxiety, depression, and OCD. 

There are a plethora of factors that influence the impact of TMS on the brain. These include the following:

  1. The design and shape of the coil

  2. Which part of the brain is stimulated

  3. Single pulses vs repeated pulses

  4. The intensity & frequency of stimulation

Benefits of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation

Just like a massage for the brain, TMS therapy has many benefits and this therapy protocol has been approved by the FDA in 2008 to help patients suffering with many neurocognitive issues, addictions, and drug dependencies whether over the counter, or more illicit in nature.

Benefits of TMS therapy include:

  1. Helping you feel less stress and less anxiety

  2. Helping patients overcome depression and overwhelming feelings of sadness and despair

  3. Helping bring mental clarity, mental peace, and mental alertness

This is not an exhaustive list for the benefits of TMS therapy, but the main reasons why TMS therapy is so effective is because an electromagnetic coil is placed on the scalp to generate an electric current that modulates neuronal firing patterns within various regions of the brain, thus healing various regions of the brain. 

It is scientifically proven that depression wears regions of your brain down, as well as brain plasticity is the brains ability to change over time, which gets less and less over time. What this means is if you suffer for depression year after year, your brain will get stuck in the same cycle over and over. So its important to make a change. TMS therapy is that change that will help bring healing to the neurons in your brain.

Benefits of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation in Santa Ana, CA.

A few of the benefits of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation therapy is that our new office located in heart of downtown Orange County, in Santa Ana, CA and that we are now offering TMS therapy by Magventure. Approved by the FDA, it is the most cutting edge therapy with over 13,000 proven cases of people that have experienced greater levels of healing in the area of depression and anxiety. We are excited to offer this new treatment protocol for our patients.

benefits of transcranial magnetic stimulation

Preparing For TMS

Before undergoing TMS treatment, you may want to consider getting a physical exam and psychiatric evaluation. These evaluations will reinforce that TMS is a safe and viable option for your situation. You could also have a discussion with your medical provider regarding your mental and physical well-being and whether TMS is right for you. 

These factors should be considered and brought up with your doctor:

  1. If you’re pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant

  2. If you have any metal or implanted medical devices

  3. If any medication is being taken

  4. Is there a history of seizures or epilepsy?

  5. Pre-existing mental health disorders like bipolar, substance misuse, etc

  6. Previous brain damage from prior illness or injury

  7. Frequent and severe headaches

  8. The presence of other medical conditions

  9. If you’ve had prior treatment with TMS or not

It should be noted that TMS isn’t an invasive procedure, does not require anesthesia, and is typically performed on an outpatient basis. The vast majority of patients are even able to drive themselves home after treatment. Before you embark on this journey, it could be helpful to see if your health insurance will cover the treatment, and what sort of preapprovals, if any, your insurer will require for TMS. This course of treatments is usually conducted in a doctor’s office or clinic, and a series of sessions is needed to garner success for patients. You can read more about the specifics of treatment here.


Working With The Professionals of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)

If you’re interested in moving further along in the process of TMS, look no further than the team of professionals at BrainHealth Solutions. We are committed to helping you overcome your difficulties so that you can feel physically and emotionally rejuvenated. Contact us today to learn more! 

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