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What is TMS and Who Can it Benefit?

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, also known as TMS, is a procedure that stimulates the brain’s nerve cells with the use of repetitive magnetic pulses. Though it may sound intimidating, TMS is a non-invasive and virtually pain-free outpatient procedure. 

TMS has been shown to adjust the brain’s neuronal activity in regions of the brain associated with mood regulation, such as the prefrontal cortex. This makes TMS especially beneficial to those suffering from depression and a variety of other neurological and mental health disorders. 

How Does TMS Work?

During a TMS session, electromagnetic coils are placed against different areas of the scalp depending on the needs of the patient. Electromagnetic pulses painlessly stimulate the nerve cells activating regions of the brain that have otherwise seen a decrease in activity due to depression or other neurological health conditions. “We’ve helped patients with treatment resistant depression, and also PTSD, smoking cessation, and bipolar disorder. Treating the patient holistically, with a different approach for each, yields the best results in our experience,” says Ben Spielberg of TMS & Brain Health.

Who can Benefit from TMS Treatments?

People suffering from major depressive disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety, and a variety of other neurological disorders may find solace in this treatment if they’ve not responded to standard treatments such as medication and psychotherapy. Everyone responds differently to TMS treatment, but according to UC San Diego Health, they see about one-third of patients become symptom-free once concluding a series of TMS treatments while others experience a general improvement in mood when implemented with lifestyle changes such as diet

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