A new medical treatment that sends magnetic pulses to the brain has been found effective for some people battling major depression. Studies show the treatment might also be effective in reducing migraine headaches and helping stroke victims regain mobility and use of motor skills.
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) treatment uses magnetic pulses to stimulate nerve cells in the brain. You can visit https://tms-longisland.com/ if you are looking for TMS therapy in Westbury.
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It is a non-invasive outpatient treatment, meaning that it doesn't require anesthesia, surgery or recovery time in a hospital. Previous studies have shown as much as a 50 percent reduction in depression symptoms by patients using TMS therapy.
TMS therapy is approved by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) for use on adult patients who have tried antidepressant medication but failed to see any results.
How TMS therapy works TMS therapy is administered by placing a treatment coil lightly against the scalp of a patient while they sit in a reclining chair. The coil then emits magnetic fields directly to the portion of the brain involved with mood regulation.
Small electrical currents are produced by the magnetic fields. The currents proceed to alter cell activity in the brain, which is thought to be effective in reducing depression symptoms.
TMS treatment lasts about 40 minutes a session, with patients fully awake during the process. Patients typically have five weekly treatments over a six week period. The most common side effect associated with treatment during clinical trials was scalp pain or discomfort – generally mild to moderate.
Studies have found most TMS patients respond best to treatments of 40 consecutive magnetic pulses to the brain over a four-second period twice a minute. However, duration, frequency and the number of pulses received per session depending upon the doctor's assessment of how the patient responds to the treatment.