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What is transcranial magnetic stimulation (tms)?

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What is transcranial magnetic stimulation (tms)?

For depression: TMS is a treatment for depression. It is very well tolerated and may work when medications do not. In one study, about 60% get better w/ the treatment and about 40% have no symptoms of depression after the treatment. It works by stimulating a part brain which modulates mood, called the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex. It is beginning to be covered by more insurances. I highly recommend it. ...Read more

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What is transcranial magnetic stimulation?

What is transcranial magnetic stimulation?

Electromagnetic rx: Transcranial magnetic stimulation (tms) is a noninvasive method to cause depolarization or hyperpolarization in the neurons of the brain. Tms uses electromagnetic induction to induce weak electric currents using a rapidly changing magnetic field; this can cause activity in specific or general parts of the brain with minimal discomfort, allowing the functioning and interconnections of brain. ...Read more

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Could gene therapy or transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) or any other method help a patient with Williams syndrome?

Could gene therapy or transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) or any other method help a patient with Williams syndrome?

Unlikely: There are no gene therapies I know of for this condition. I have also not seen any research on tDCS use for this condition (mostly depression, parkinson's, gen. anxiety) but very small studies only. I did review Johns Hopkins Psychiatry and Behavioral Science website as they do some of this research. It is very limited and no mention of treatment of Williams syndrome. I am sorry. ...Read more

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Is the method of transcranial magnetic stimulation any good in treating depression?

Is the method of transcranial magnetic stimulation any good in treating depression?

Looks promising : Refractory depression is often hard to treat. Tms offers a safe but expensive treatment which can be offered following failure to just one antidepressant. The treatments are usually 5 days a week and go on for 4-5 weeks in the parts of dallas I am familiar with.I wish insurance would cover this more often. ...Read more

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What is the difference between Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation and Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation, is there a dr in new york that offer ces?

TMS vs CES: Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) uses magnetic fields to stimulate brain nerve cells to treat depression. Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation (CES) uses a pulsed electric current across the head to treat depression, anxiety & insomnia. I can't give you leads on a provider. Take care. ...Read more

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Whats transcranial magnetic stimulation?

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Treats Depression: The brain is an electric organ as much as it is a chemical one. Tms "activates" a specific part of the brain which relieves depression. It is safe and effective. It has been used to study and treat depression since the 1980s. It is given 5 days a week, 20minutes a session, for 4-6 weeks and can be very expensive. ...Read more

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Is there any peer reviewed research supporting cranial electrotherapy stimulation as an effective treatment for generalized anxiety disorder?

Is there any peer reviewed research supporting cranial electrotherapy stimulation as an effective treatment for generalized anxiety disorder?

Yes: There have been over 140 human studies done on ces, many of these on anxiety and many in the peer-reviewed literature. One of the best summaries of this research with references is here: https://en.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/cranial_electrotherapy_stimulation this site has information on a meta-analysis done by the harvard school of public health: http://www.Cesultra.Com/ces-research.Htm. ...Read more

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Who should utilize electrical bike stimulation therapy?

Who should utilize electrical bike stimulation therapy?

Paralysis patients: If i'm understanding the question, that's a treatment for individuals either partially or completely paralyzed below the waist, used to maintain muscle tone. ...Read more

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Can you explain the method of transcranial magnetic stimulation in treating depression?

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Brain Connectivity: Think of the brain consisting of an inner core where our most basic emotions and impulses lie and an outer layer consisting of rational thought that can modulate emotion.These layers are connected.Rtms stimulates the outer layer which is most directly connected with the inner core associated w/ depressed mood.Tms can stimulate to enhance mood or inhibit to reduce depressed mood via the connection. ...Read more

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Who benefits the most from transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation?

Who benefits the most from transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation?

TENS: Although it has been used to treat other types of pain, transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation (tens) is often used to treat pain related to muscle, joint, or bony problems. ...Read more

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Are any headaches curable by via brainwave entrainment?

Are any headaches curable by via brainwave entrainment?

Usually not helpful: To the extent brainwave entrainment and eeg biofeedback teaches you to relax and reduce worry and stress, it helps prevent muscle tension headache or avoid triggering of a migraine headache. In general good sleep, finding outlets to lessen and cope with stress, and moderate exercise help headaches. Recently some patients have had relief using the supplement butterbur root 50 or 75 mg twice a day. ...Read more

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What is transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation used for?

What is transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation used for?

TENS: Transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation (tens) uses low - voltage electrical current to relieve pain. ...Read more

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How safe is transcranial direct current stimulation if I use 2 ma or less?

How safe is transcranial direct current stimulation if I use 2 ma or less?

Hard to know: Besides the possible damage to skin, heating of brain tissue or adverse effects on cognitive function and/or memory? A review of some of the concerns is at: http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pmc/articles/pmc2754807/. ...Read more

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Is deep brain stimulation for depression helpful?

Is deep brain stimulation for depression helpful?

Very Likely: Dbs is the surgical placement of electrodes on 2 brain sites, which are then stimulated by electric currents. A small study suggests that dbs might be helpful for 60% of people who get treated with it - which is a good result when you are treating treatment refractory cases. Due to its invasiveness meds, transcranial magnetic stimulation (tms), and ECT should probably be considered beforehand. ...Read more

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Does the cranial electro stimulation machine really work and improve anxiety,depression?

Does the cranial  electro stimulation machine really work and improve anxiety,depression?

Alpha - Stim: Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation - doesn't work on 100% of people. I currently use this with a # of my patients. It helps the majority. I test the patient with CES first. If it isn't making a difference - we don't use it. The patients who find it effective really love it. Yes it can help. Take care. ...Read more

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Does transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation for mummular headache or other head pain work?

Does transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation for mummular headache or other head pain work?

Temporarily: Tens or transcuteous nerve stimulation is a usefull modality for temporary relaxation of certain muscles associated with headaches, and neck and shoulder pain. ...Read more

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Is transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) an option for a four (4) year old patient with Williams-Biuren syndrome?

Is transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) an option for a four (4) year old patient with Williams-Biuren syndrome?

Unlikely: tDCS is experimental and has shown some benefit in individuals after brain injury either from trauma or stroke, it has also been tried in individuals with parkinsons disease. These are all cases where the brain was normal at one time and the therapy is used in attempt to re-establish connections via memory. ...Read more

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Is brain wave therapy safe?

Is brain wave therapy safe?

Not sure: Not sure what you mean by "brain wave therapy". Transcranial magnetic stimulation alters brain waves, as does biofeedback and even cognitive behavioral therapy and meditation. ...Read more