The strong magnetic field generated by a wire coil in this system can penetrate the skull to reach the brain, thereby modulating a person’s brainwaves for neurological symptom improvement.
Transcranial magnetic stimulation can be used for people with:
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Poor executive functioning
- Poor language skills
- Compulsive behaviors
- Substance abuse
- “Chemo brain”
- Diminished emotional awareness
- Other psychiatric and neurological disorders
TMS has been used for over three decades, and it is well studied, with dozens of peer-reviewed medical research journal articles documenting its benefits.
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Benefits
A typical treatment schedule is five days per week during 30-minute sessions for three to six months.
Although intense, this safe treatment has minimal side effects of increased feeling of energy or a minor headache.
People who have had transcranial magnetic stimulation done may experience improved neurological symptoms such as:
- Better focus
- Better attention
- Improved memory
- Less pain
- Better sleep
- Reduced anxiety and/or depression
- Improved ability to handle stress
- Less anger
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