Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) offers an effective way to treat certain conditions without medication or surgery. In Bloomingdale, Illinois, The Center for Integrative and Functional Health and Wellness uses TMS to treat patients with mental health and chronic pain disorders when other treatments aren’t working. Call The Center for Integrative and Functional Health and Wellness today to find out how painless, non-invasive TMS can help you or schedule a consultation using the online booking form.request an appointment
What is TMS?
TMS is a safe, non-invasive treatment for mental health conditions and chronic pain. It uses magnetic pulses to change nerve activity in your brain. These repeated pulses either stimulate electrical activity in your brain or calm it down, depending on the frequency used.
In most cases, TMS is used at frequencies that stimulate nerve activity. This rebalances the brain chemicals involved in psychological disorders and changes how your brain deals with pain signals.
The Center for Integrative and Functional Health and Wellness recommends TMS when mental health problems, chronic pain, and some other neurological conditions don’t respond to medications and other treatments.
What conditions does TMS treat?
TMS is FDA-approved for treating depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and bipolar disorder. The Center for Integrative and Functional Health and Wellness finds it invaluable in treating anxiety disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
TMS is also proving effective in treating an increasing number of conditions affecting the brain and nervous system, including chronic pain disorders. Some of the conditions that appear to benefit from TMS include:
- Migraine headaches
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Post-concussion syndrome
- Diabetic neuropathy
Unlike most other TMS treatments, epilepsy therapy uses low-intensity TMS. This calms your brain and works to prevent some kinds of seizures.
What does TMS treatment involve?
TMS treatment is straightforward. You won’t need an anesthetic or sedative for your TMS session because no painful injections or incisions are required. You simply sit in a comfortable treatment chair at The Center for Integrative and Functional Health and Wellness and relax.
Your provider positions the TMS machine next to your head so that it targets the area of your brain requiring treatment. As the device sends out its magnetic pulses, you hear clicking sounds and might feel a tapping or tingling sensation on your scalp.
Each TMS treatment session lasts 20-40 minutes. Most patients get five treatments every week for 4-6 weeks. You should see improvement in your condition once you’ve had a few sessions. Some patients find that TMS resolves their problems completely.
Does TMS cause any side effects?
TMS can give you a headache in your first sessions, but you can treat this with over-the-counter pain-relievers. The headache usually only happens when you begin your TMS treatment. After the initial sessions, it shouldn’t trouble you anymore.
Call The Center for Integrative and Functional Health and Wellness today if you’d like to learn more about TMS or schedule an appointment using the online booking form.