June 20, 2024

Understand The Different Variations Of TMS Therapy

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Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation [TMS] has caused revolution in the psychological landscape. It offers a non-invasive treatment option to treat chronic depression and other psychological conditions. Technological advancement has offered different variations of TMS. Each one has unique features.

Bella Vida Phoenix offers free consultancy and personalized TMS therapy to cure medication-resistant depression. The therapist will offer knowledge about the different variations of TMS, which you need to know to make an informed decision.

Standard TMS [Repetitive Magnetic Stimulation – rTMS]

In rTMS, a figure-eight coil is placed near your scalp to deliver the magnetic pulses to stimulate specific brain areas. The aim is to enhance activities in underactive areas connected with mood regulation in depression cases. Standard TMS is well-researched, FDA approved therapy for major depressive disorders [didn’t respond to other traditional treatments].

Deep TMS

In deep TMS, a different shaped coil is used. The H-shaped coil allows penetrating deeply within your brain and reaching areas beyond the surface standard TMS cannot cover. Deep stimulation offers potential health benefits for treating deeper brain structures causing conditions like OCD or anxiety disorders.

It is a newer technology that shows potential but is still undergoing research to completely understand its long-term efficiency and applications for treating different conditions.

Personalized TMS

Standard and seep TMS use standardized protocols to place the coil but personalized TMS involves individual brain mapping techniques. It involves using fMRI [functional magnetic resonance imaging] to identify the most appropriate stimulation site for every patient.

The concept behind personalized TMS is that bran anatomy and location of underactive zones can differ from one person to another. Tailoring the stimulation site to your specific brain helps to maximize therapy effectiveness.

The extra cost of brain mapping and limited availability of facilities equipped with such procedure is a significant hurdle. The personalized TMS concept is still under development but is promising.

Choosing the right TMS variation

Choosing the right TMS variation depends of various factors.

  • Your specific condition
  • Your medical history related to other treatments
  • Access to specialized facilities

Consult a qualified healthcare professional, well-versed in all three variations of TMS. It will help to determine the most suitable option for your treatment plan.

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