What is TMS?

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What is TMS?

What is TMS?

TMS treatment for depression and neurological rehab

The TMS Clinic offers the most avant-garde treatment for depression and neurological rehabilitation. TMS is a safe, noninvasive, ambulatory treatment cleared by the FDA and currently being used by leading hospitals and research institutions across the world.

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, or TMS, has been validated by many patients who have suffered a Major Depressive Disorder, a drug -resistant depression, bipolar depression, postpartum depression or a number of other neuropsychiatric disorders, such as posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), cerebral stroke, migraine, fibromyalgia, tinnitus, chronic pain and neuropathic pain.

The Medical Staff in charge of TMS treatment are Psychiatrists who were trained in Harvard Medical School and Mindcare Centers in Vancouver, Canada.  They have ample experience on working with Depression and many other psychichiatric disorders, alongside with their broad knowledge regarding this technology.

If you have any questions of the treatment, write to: info@tmscr.com

WHAT IS TRANSCRANIAL MAGNETIC STIMULATION?

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, also known by its acronym TMS, is the activation of specific parts of the brain by an electromagnetic field that excites the nerve cells in the cerebral cortex, resulting and promoting more efficient brain cells.

TMS is an effective treatment for various neurological and psychiatric disorders.

When was TMS developed?

In 1985, Anthony Barker activated the cerebral cortex for the first time using a magnetic stimulator externally applied through the skull. This procedure resulted in the materialization of a new technique which later developed into a treatment for neuropsychiatric disorders.

TMS HAS PROVEN TO BE EFFECTIVE FOR PATIENTS WITH:

  • DEPRESSION: First choice in all types of depression treatment-resistant depression, bipolar disorder, and post-partum depression.

  • CEREBROVASCULAR ACCIDENT (STROKE): TMS promotes and facilitates rehabilitation after a stroke regardless of the amount of time elapsed since the episode.

  • TINNITUS: The sensation of hearing a sound or noise that cannot be attributed to a specific internal or external source. In other words, the patient hears a sound such as ringing, whistle, buzz, etc.In this sense, Tinnitus is considered a “phantom auditory perception.”

  • MIGRAINES.

  • FIBROMYALGIA: Chronic pain.

  • OCD: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

Application of TMS treatment

HOW IS THE TREATMENT PERFORMED?

After the initial evaluation by one of our Psychiatrists, the patient then is received in our TMS facility, where he or she will be fitted with a specially designed headpiece. This headpiece is then marked with precise coordinates, traced specifically for each patient, that mark exactly where the electromagnetic wave should be directed to.

To generate the electromagnetic field an insulated 8-shaped coil is used, this coil is an air cooled, secure, non invasive device which is placed perpendicular to the patient´s scalp. The formation of the electromagnetic field creates an audible artifact (tap, tap, tap), in other words a low intensity sound is produced and therefore to prevent any discomfort, earplugs are used by the patient and the doctor applying the treatment.

An uncomfortable sensation on the scalp may occur, however as the sessions develop and we advance throughout the treatment this will reduce. Also, a twitching of the face may occur, please note this is completely normal and expected by our medical staff; this will not have a long lasting effect.

After the sessions applied each day, the patient may return to their usual activities.

BENEFITS OF TMS

WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF TMS?
TMS has several encouraging advantages:

  • It is an ambulatory treatment that is performed without hospitalization.

  • The patient remains awake during the entire treatment.

  • The treatment has no negative side effects in 99.99% of patients.

  • The patient can talk, listen to music, relax and/or sleep during treatment.

  • TMS is not invasive.

  • The treatment does not require the patient to receive anesthesia.

  • TMS treatment has a visible improvement which is expected approximately on the seventh day of treatment.

DOES TMS HAVE SIDE EFFECTS?

The most frequently experienced side effect of TMS is a mild headache which responds to a dose of acetaminophen. This is reported in only 10-15% of our patients.

WHO IS NOT ELIGIBLE FOR TREATMENT?
TMS is not ideal for:

  • Patients with epilepsy.

  • Patients with multiple sclerosis.

  • Patents with metal plates or devices implanted in their skull that would be affected by the magnetic fields of the machine.

  • Patients with pacemakers.

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