Applications of TMS Therapy in Treating Multiple Conditions

Applications of TMS Therapy

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What conditions can TMS treat?

In the modern era of medicine, the persistent pursuit of new treatment methods for previously insurmountable conditions is a testament to the scientific and technological advancements in healthcare. Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) has emerged as an innovative technique that has revolutionized our approach to brain disorders. The applications of TMS therapy reflect a more holistic understanding of various conditions.

By using magnetic fields to modulate brain activity, TMS has opened up a range of previously unexplored therapeutic possibilities. From neuropsychiatric disorders to brain injuries, the diverse applications of this therapy demonstrate its potential to enhance the quality of life for many patients. Additionally, as a noninvasive procedure, TMS offers a safer and more comfortable alternative compared to traditional interventions that involve surgeries or another invasive method.

In this blog by Integrative Healthcare Center, we will explore the various applications of TMS therapy and how we have helped hundreds of clients manage conditions such as major depressive disorder.

Understanding Magnetic Stimulation

Brain Stimulation

When considering treatments for conditions like major depressive disorder, the first options that come to our minds are the various antidepressants available. However, many patients who come to our centers exhibit resistance to these treatments and, in their search for alternatives, discover TMS therapy.

The concept of using electricity to treat the brain is not new. In fact, before the 1930s, clinicians treated depressive or manic disorders with psychoanalysis or sedation. They used invasive procedures like lobotomies to treat more severe disorders.

There were early attempts to use electricity to treat conditions like schizophrenia. Still, it wasn’t until 1938 that Ugo Cerletti and Lucio Bini successfully applied Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) to a patient who was able to “attenuate his psychosis and return to his job,” according to The American Journal of Psychiatry. Since then, ECT has become an effective method for treating various neurological and psychiatric conditions, including Major Depressive Disorder.

What is TMS Therapy, and How Does it Work?

 

Transcranial magnetic stimulation is a noninvasive technique that uses magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in the brain to improve depression symptoms. Unlike ECT, TMS does not require anesthesia and has fewer side effects.

During a TMS session, a healthcare professional places an electromagnetic coil against the scalp, usually over the prefrontal cortex, which is known to be involved in mood regulation. The coil generates magnetic pulses that pass through the skull and create small electrical currents in the brain.

TMS Therapy

These currents stimulate neurons in the targeted areas, which can help improve communication between different regions of the brain.

TMS treatment typically involves daily sessions over several weeks. Each session lasts between 20 to 50 minutes, and patients can resume their normal activities immediately afterward.

TMS has proven particularly useful for patients with treatment-resistant depression, offering a viable option when medications and other treatments have failed, according to Harvard Health.

5 Applications of TMS Therapy

Now that we know how this FDA-approved alternative therapy works let’s look at the different applications of TMS therapy in various conditions.

1. Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is a multifaceted psychotic disorder marked by diverse symptoms such as delusions and hallucinations, which typically respond well to medication. However, the adverse symptoms, including alogia (reduced speech), apathy, social withdrawal, and a flat affect, are more persistent and resistant to treatment. These adverse symptoms cause lower daily functioning, poor long-term prognosis, and treatment resistance.

According to a study published in Nature, TMS was more effective than sham treatments in alleviating negative symptoms in both schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder. The study indicated that TMS enhances activity in the left dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (L-DLPFC), a critical region involved in reducing these symptoms.

2. Migraines

Migraine is one of the most common nervous system disorders, experienced by at least 40% of the population, according to the WHO.

For many people, having a headache may be expected, but for others, it can be a painful and disabling condition.

Although there are alternative treatments such as meditation or acupuncture, there are people that this is not enough, including TMS therapy, which has optimal results, according to The Journal of Headache and Pain.

3. Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s, the most prevalent form of dementia, is a progressive and degenerative brain disorder that severely impacts memory and cognitive functions. Current pharmacological treatments offer only minimal symptomatic relief and do not alter the disease’s progression.

Moreover, the study Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation in Alzheimer’s Disease highlighted improvements in various cognitive functions in individuals with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s due to TMS. However, the long-term effects as the disease progresses remain unclear.

4. Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder involves extreme mood swings, including depression and mania/hypomania. Standard treatments include mood stabilizers and antidepressants. Lithium is a joint mood stabilizer, but it needs close monitoring due to potential side effects.

Unfortunately, treating bipolar depression with antidepressants alone can sometimes trigger manic episodes, complicating the management of the disorder. Research suggests that TMS may offer benefits for individuals with bipolar disorder by providing a noninvasive, medication-free treatment option that can complement existing therapies.

5. Smoking Cessation

Smoking cessation, or quitting smoking, is a challenging journey for many people due to nicotine addiction and withdrawal symptoms. Traditional methods like therapy and medications have limited success rates, leaving many smokers struggling to quit.

TMS for smoking cessation is straightforward and noninvasive. During a TMS session, magnetic pulses are delivered to the brain, targeting the regions involved in nicotine addiction. These pulses help to disrupt the brain’s craving pathways, making it easier for smokers to resist the urge to smoke, as explained by World Psychiatry.

Integrative Healthcare Center and TMS Therapy

To achieve well-being when suffering from conditions such as depression, migraines, and even more severe conditions like schizophrenia, many people seek new and complementary treatments, including TMS.

At Integrative Healthcare Center, we have a team of specialists dedicated to providing personalized, high-quality care. Our holistic and multidisciplinary approach ensures that each patient receives the most appropriate treatment for their specific needs.

If you are looking for a safe and effective alternative, we invite you to discover how TMS therapy can help you. Call us at (855) 599-9987 or schedule a free appointment to check your insurance options.

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