How Does Deep TMS Work?

There are so many disorders that have been discovered in the last century, some of which cause mental symptoms, others affecting physical and emotional processes. Medical professionals are still learning what works best to treat some of these conditions. Medication, therapy and other medical practices have shown some promise, depending on which condition is being referred to. A new player on the market,  known as deep transcranial magnetic stimulation (deep TMS, dTMS), has shown great success in treating illnesses ranging from obsessive-compulsive disorder to depression.

How Does Deep TMS Work?

DTMS harnesses the power of electromagnetic waves to stimulate centers located deep within the brain, which is an updated version of the previous TMS version. The patient is made to wear a helmet that contains electric coils, which also has padding inside to make wearing it more comfortable. A series of pulses are targeted at the front portion of the brain.

One session of treatment takes approximately 20 minutes, and an entire course of treatment is typically four to six weeks. The procedure is pain-free, non-invasive, and quick. No anesthesia is necessary, meaning that people can return to their normal lives immediately following administration. During the time that the procedure is being administered, patients may hear a tapping sound and may feel a repetitive, percussive sensation on the head; earplugs are typically worn to remedy any discomfort the sound may cause.

The machinery also contains a cooling mechanism in order to reduce any heat that may be produced from the coils. Deep TMS is tolerated well by the majority of those who receive it, though some people do complain of headaches afterward or pain at the application site. In rare cases, seizures have occurred.

Who Does DTMS Benefit?

According to Brainsway, dTMS is an effective treatment for those who suffer from:

–       Major depression

–       Bipolar disorder

–       Chronic pain

–       Obsessive-compulsive disorder

–       Parkinson’s disease

–       Alzheimer’s disease

–       Nicotine addiction

–       Autism

–       PTSD

–       Schizophrenia

DTMS may be particularly useful for those who are not responding well to other types of treatment. In a study of 17 patients with therapy resistant depression, people were administered daily dTMS for four weeks; deep TMS was received alongside any other treatment each patient was undergoing. Over 70% of people showed a significant improvement, while 41.2% were in a state of remission once the study was complete, says The National Center for Biotechnological Innovation. The FDA has approved the use of deep TMS for the treatment of major depression.

DTMS has proven to be an effective treatment for symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder for patients when other therapies (medication, cognitive-behavioral therapy, etc.) do not work. Studies have shown that 42% of individuals with OCD who received dTMS reported a notable reduction of symptoms, states Brainsway.

Deep magnetic transcranial stimulation is novel in nature, which means that a great deal of research is still necessary to uncover its true value. So far, the innovation has shown to be useful for the treatment of multiple brain disorders; at this time, it is most helpful when used as a treatment for the symptoms of major depressive disorder. Obsessive-compulsive symptoms have also been drastically reduced through the use of dTMS. In time, it may be discovered that deep TMS is useful for treating far more conditions than researchers.

Westside Neurotherapeutics offers dTMS treatments Los Angeles. For more information, contact them by phone at 310.946.0008 or visit us online at

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