Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation with Neuronavigation Technology
If you or a loved one are suffering from a mood or psychiatric disorder and haven’t found relief from medication and/or psychotherapy, transcranial magnetic stimulation may be able to help. This non-invasive therapy is now more accurate and effective thanks to innovative neurovigation technology that provides real-time brain imagery. Aspire Regenerative is proud to offer neuronavigated transcranial magnetic stimulation in San Diego.
What Is Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation?
Transcranial magnetic stimulation, often abbreviated as TMS, is a non-invasive procedure that uses repetitive magnetic pulses (similar to those used for magnetic resonance imaging) to stimulate nerve cells in the brain. It is an FDA-approved device used to treat symptoms of depression, OCD, and certain migraine headaches. When TMS is used to treat depression, it has been found to help patients achieve complete remission in 37% of cases, while 58% of patients experience significant symptom improvement. These impressive statistics outperforms modern conventional medication therapy for the treatment of depression.
What Is Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation with Neuronavigation Technology?
Thanks to neuronavigation technology, TMS treatment can now be performed with neurosurgery precision. Neuronavigation technology provides doctors with real-time computer-assisted imaging that allows them to precisely target brain clusters down to a few millimeters for treatment.
Prior to neuronavigation technology, doctors had to rely solely on less accurate methods to locate the desired cortical targets for TMS treatment. These methods included using external landmarks and measurements, as well as trial and error techniques involving the stimulation of physical responses such as finger movements in the patient. While regular TMS is adequate for many patients, this extra layer of precision technology can be the difference between a successful outcome and treatment failure.
What Are the Benefits of TMS Treatment?
Patients most commonly receive transcranial magnetic stimulation for depression, as this was the first condition the FDA approved this treatment for back in 2008. Since then, studies have found TMS therapy can help patients suffering from psychiatric and mood disorders including:
- OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder)
- GAD (General Anxiety Disorder)
- PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)
- MMD (Major Depressive Disorder)
- Certain Migraine Headaches
Are There Any Side Effects Associated with TMS Treatment?
The most commonly reported TMS side effects include mild headache, tingling, lightheadedness, and twitching of facial muscles during treatment sessions. In rare cases more severe side effects can occur including seizures, hearing loss if patients do not wear the appropriate ear protection during treatment, and mania in patients with bipolar disorder. Many patients seek TMS therapy as an alternative to medications and invasive procedures that could cause side effects, such as retrograde amnesia, insomnia, decreased sex drive, skin rashes, and more.
What Should I Expect During TMS Treatment?
Your doctor will go over your medical history, symptoms, and current medications prior to your first treatment and develop a comprehensive mental health treatment program based on your specific needs. For some patients, TMS therapy may be used when medication or talk therapy have not been effective, and in other cases it can be used in conjunction with these treatments.
Whether you undergo transcranial magnetic stimulation for anxiety, depression, or another condition, the individual treatment sessions will be similar. Each session lasts about 20 - 40 minutes, during which time the TMS device arm containing the coil will be placed against your forehead. You will be seated in a comfortable chair and you will be able to talk. Tell your doctor right away if you experience any discomfort.
Because this is a non-invasive treatment and no anesthesia is required, you will be able to resume your normal activities immediately after each session. Treatments typically consist of one session per day 5 days a week for several weeks.
Are you interested in learning more about TMS treatment? Book a consultation at Aspire Regenerative. Our doctors offer personalized TMS Therapy in San Diego and can help you determine if this therapy is right for you, as well as make other treatment recommendations based on your medical history, current condition, and specific health and wellness goals.