Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) is a groundbreaking brain stimulation therapy that helps individuals manage depression and anxiety related issues. rTMS is a medicine-free treatment that is suggested by a psychiatrist or a doctor as a adjunct to main therapy or when traditional therapies or antidepressant medications couldn’t provide expected relief for the individual.

How Does Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) Work?

The rTMS device produces a series of strong magnetic signals to the brain by the use of electromagnetic coils. The coil passes the impulse to the brain nerves through the device when it is placed on the forehead of the individual. Initially, the medical professional analyses the area of the brain that needs to be improved. Then the specific nerve cells in the brain are targeted and induced. As the sessions progress the regulations of the brainwaves improve and thereby providing relief to the individual by reducing the symptoms.

rTMS is effective against illnesses

rTMS is effective against the illness such as depression and anxiety-related issues. rTMS is a non-invasive neuromodulation technique which has a greater effect for several mood-related issues and disorders. rTMS helps to manage other neurological and psychological disorders such as

  • Bipolar disorder
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Panic disorders
  • Sleep-related issues
  • Chronic pain
  • Is rTMS safe?

    Yes, rTms is a completely safe treatment method. Furthermore, it doesn’t require any medications such as needles and anaesthetics. rTMS induce only the pure magnetic impulse to enter the body. Yes, it comes with few minor side effects (mentioned below). Other than that rTMS has lesser side effects when compared with the other side effects that are associated with antidepressant and medications.

    Side effects of rTMS:

    It is one of the popular techniques for its non-invasive treatment method. However, it does have a few side effects on the individual. Remarkably, the side effects may not continue for a long period of time. Some of the side effects are

  • A slight tapping or knocking sensation through bones as the electric current is passed
  • Nausea
  • Scalp irritation
  • Seizures
  • Hearing loss
  • Vision problems
  • Mania
  • rTMS and ECT- The Difference between the two

    People commonly get mixed up with ECT (Electroconvulsive Therapy) and rTMS (Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation). However, there is a vast difference between these two treatment methods. In ECT, the electrical signals are sent to the whole brain to improve the mood of the individual. Whereas in rTMS the impulse is sent to the targeted specific nerve cells in the brain. Which also makes this therapy more effective and accurate.

    What is the duration of rTMS?

    The duration of the session may vary between individuals with respect to the severity of the illness or issue. However, most of the sessions may last 30 to 60 minutes about 2 times a week. The number of sessions could be longer or shorter depending upon the individual’s improvement and recovery. Normally, the duration may last for six weeks.

    Benefits of rTMS:

  • Non-invasive
  • Non-medicine treatment
  • Effective with all mood-related issues
  • Responsive treatment technique