Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Specialist
The professional staff of Folsom Psychiatry Associates offers advanced forms of treatment including transcranial magnetic stimulation. TMS uses magnetic fields to provide stimulation to nerve cells located in the brain. The facility offers this and many other treatment options to patients living throughout the greater Sacramento and Folsom, California areas.

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Q & A

Folsom Psychiatry Associates

What is Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)?

During TMS, electromagnetic induction is used to produce a weak current that helps to depolarize as well as hyperpolarize neurons in the brain. The procedure is non-invasive and produces very little discomfort for the patient. The stimulation can affect one part or several parts of the brain at once. Different wavelengths and rates of pulses are used to elicit different responses. Researchers have learned to pinpoint areas to be treated so that different parts of the body are affected with each set of wavelengths. This procedure has proven extremely beneficial for both psychiatric and neurological disorders. The severity of the person's condition will determine the length and intensity of the treatment.

What Conditions Does TMS Treat?

TMS uses electrical impulses that are very mild to alter neurons within the brain. TMS has been proven to be effective at treating many different types of neurological and psychiatric disorders, including Parkinson's disease, tinnitus, dystonia, stroke, migraines, and depression. By shaking up the neurons, a person may be better able to respond to other treatment forms. The electric current used in the procedure is able to penetrate the brain at different levels and intensities, depending on what is needed. The severity of a person's condition will determine the length of the treatment and what locations within the brain are targeted.

When is TMS Recommended?

TMS may be recommended when other types of treatments have failed. Neurological conditions like dystonia, Parkinson's disease, and strokes can have a dramatic impact on a person's quality of life. The use of TMS can help a patient regain some level of control and hopefully improve their physical movements. TMS can also help when a mental illness has an impact on a person's life. Correcting minor abnormalities in the person's brain waves may mean the difference between being constantly depressed or having a lighter, more positive outlook on life.

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