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Speaking of TMS…

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

Here’s a video put together by a couple of autism-spectrum guys that gives some good background information about transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and introduces the way the technology is used in a research study (which is only a bit different from how it’s used clinically):

Transcranial wha…?!

Monday, June 28th, 2010

I’m excited this week because Choratech’s repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation clinic and research facility has taken one more step toward becoming a reality. We’ve been working hard on hammering out the details of our relationship with local hospitals and universities, and I anticipate we’ll be ready to open our doors within a few months.

What’s repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation? A mouthful, for one thing. Luckily, it also goes by the somewhat more manageable name of rTMS.  rTMS is a method of stimulating the brain directly by passing a magnetic field across the scalp and skull, directly into the brain tissue. It’s sort of like having an MRI, except that the magnetic field is much smaller and more focused, only targeting an area of your brain about the size of a quarter.

rTMS is a scientifically validated treatment for a number of different psychiatric and neurological problems, plus some other things. Here’s a list of some current applications:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety and Phobias
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Schizophrenia (particularly, auditory hallucinations and negative symptoms)
  • Chronic Pain
  • Migraine
  • Tinnitus
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Stroke

I believe that rTMS is going to revolutionize the way brain-related conditions, from both psychiatry and neurology, are treated. It’s the first major technological innovation in psychiatry since the advent of the current age of medication in the 1950s.

rTMS is done in a series of daily sessions, every weekday for between one and three weeks. The patient simply sits and relaxes in a chair for about a half hour at a time, twice a day, while our highly trained and personable technician administers the treatment. It’s safe, painless, and has no side effects, with the exception of possible mild headache just after a treatment session, that goes away with regular painkillers.

rTMS is a little more involved than the cognitive training products Choratech offers, but it fits in beautifully with our mission of delivering the state of the art in applied neuroscience that’s been proven safe and effective and is ready for the public. Keep checking in to see how we’re making progress. Better yet, contact me and I’ll give you some information and, if it’s right for you, see about getting you on the waiting list.