What is TMS?
With Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) a magnetic field is generated and converted into an electric field in the brain.
A magnetic pulsation has a direct effect on the neurons: every TMS stimulus will elicit an electrical response from the neurons. We call this an action potential.
If a TMS pulse is applied to the piece of cerebral cortex that is responsible for the movement of your left hand, the muscles of your left hand will contract without you being able to controlit yourself. Depending on the setting of the device, we can make a specific brain zone work faster or slower.
How is TMS applied?
To determine how powerful the stimulation should be to have an effect on the neurons, first we determine how much current is needed to provoke a motor response.
The duration of a stimulation session depends on the TMS protocol.
To achieve a long-lasting effect, several stimulation sessions are performed. Only after about 10 sessions can the effect be evaluated.
Some patients experience slight head and / or neck pain during stimulation. This is a normal side effect that quickly disappears after the stimulation.
Studies on the safety of TMS have shown that there are no adverse effects on health (Rossi et al. 2009).
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation is used in tinnitus, depression, CFS, fibromyalgia, burnout, chronic pain, addiction, ODC, etc.