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Transcranial magnetic stimulation: how does the TMS device affect the brain?
July 6, 2022 at 7:00 AM
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If you’re looking for effective, non-invasive treatments for mental health disorders such as depression or anxiety, you’ve probably heard of transcranial magnetic stimulation or TMS.

Research shows that TMS is a safe and effective method for treating many mental health concerns, but if you’re considering this treatment, you likely still have many questions about it. How does it work? How does a transcranial magnetic stimulation device affect the brain? Who does it work for? And what are the side effects?

Don’t worry—our team of professional, experienced providers can walk you through every step of the journey. Just contact us to schedule an appointment. We would be happy to answer all your questions so you feel confident that you’re receiving the right treatment for your needs.

Until then, we’ve answered some commonly asked questions about TMS devices below. Keep reading to learn more about TMS and to find out why it is one of the fastest-growing treatments for many mental health disorders.

How does a transcranial magnetic stimulation device work?

In order for the device to work, patients must remove any magnetic items on their person. This is because the machine produces magnetic pulses to safely influence brain activity. Magnetic items such as jewelry or orthodontic devices could interfere with the procedure.

Each pulse of the machine makes a clicking sound, so many patients use earplugs to limit distractions and create a more comfortable experience.

The sensations a patient should feel during the procedure vary slightly based on the level of treatment they are undergoing. Your practitioner should provide you with a detailed explanation of what to expect. A clicking sound and a tapping sensation beneath the coils of the device are completely normal and expected.

How does a transcranial magnetic stimulation device affect the brain?

TMS works by creating changes in activity in the areas of the brain that control emotional regulation.

Electromagnetic pulses penetrate brain tissue and activate certain cells. Your practitioner will then influence the activity of the cells depending on whether your treatment requires an increase (in the case of depression) or decrease (in the case of anxiety) in brain activity.

The effect of the TMS device varies depending on the condition being treated. Consult with your provider in order to learn exactly how the device will work for your specific needs.

Who does TMS work for?

TMS is an ideal treatment for anyone who has undergone first-line treatments and found them to be ineffective or anyone who has experienced negative side effects from medication or other traditional treatments.

It is regarded as a great option for treatment-resistant patients and its non-invasive nature makes it a safe and effective option for pregnant women.

Side Effects of TMS

Studies have found that possible side effects of TMJ are mild and transient in nature. They can include headaches, scalp pain, dizziness, lightheadedness, facial twitching, and minor hearing problems.

In order to avoid unwanted side effects, it’s important to consult with a provider before commencing treatment. Only receive TMS treatments from a trusted, experienced practitioner who reassesses your condition and eligibility as the treatment progresses.

Learn More About Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation

If you want to learn more about TMS devices and therapy, schedule an appointment with one of our practitioners.

At Bella Jace Center, our professional and experienced providers are trained to provide a holistic mind-body approach to your mental wellness. We take the time to ensure your treatment is tailored to your exact needs. We are committed to providing our patients in Brentwood, TN with premium, compassionate care, and a nonjudgemental environment.