rTMS: A Safe and Effective Way to Reduce Chronic Pain and Treat Mental Health Conditions
What is rTMS, and how does it work?
rTMS is short for Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation. It’s a way to reprogram your brain with gentle magnetic pulses delivered to specific areas of the brain using a magnetic coil positioned on your head.
rTMS treats various conditions, including chronic pain and associated mental health issues. By stimulating the brain, rTMS can help improve how your brain functions and reduce pain symptoms.
rTMS is medication-free and side-effect free and requires no downtime allowing you to go about your day immediately following treatment.
Are you tired of living with chronic pain or neurological conditions?
rTMS could be the answer.
rTMS for Chronic Pain
Chronic pain is long-lasting and can persist for months or even years. An injury or
illness can cause it, but sometimes the source is unknown. In addition to the discomfort,
chronic pain often comes with other symptoms like loss of appetite, fatigue, difficulty
sleeping, mood changes, reduced strength and stamina, and limited flexibility.
Living with chronic pain can be discouraging and lead to feelings of depression, as it
hinders daily tasks and activities. Our clinic offers treatment options for various types of
Chronic Pain Conditions that can benefit from rTMS include:
- Musculoskeletal Pain
- Back Pain
- Injury-related Pain
- Neuropathic Pain
- Pelvic Pain
rTMS for Transitional Pain
After surgery, patients often experience pain and discomfort. Traditional
painkillers can cause nausea, lethargy, and constipation, making it difficult to return to
work and resume normal activities. Additionally, some patients choose not to use
medications for pain or cannot take medications due to medical/addiction issues.
rTMS can help reduce pain without these side effects, allowing patients to recover more
quickly and get back to their lives.
As a proactive approach, rTMS can be used before surgery. Pre-surgery anxiety and
depression can negatively affect a patient’s health and recovery. rTMS can help alleviate
these symptoms, creating a more stable mental and emotional state before surgery.
rTMS can also slow down the brain’s pain center response before surgery, creating a
more tolerable experience for the patient.
Many procedures fall under this category, including:
- Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck)
- Reconstructive Breast Surgery
- Brazilian Butt Lift
rTMS for Mental Health
rTMS uses short magnetic pulses to stimulate nerve cells in areas of the brain associated with mental health disorders, offering a promising option for individuals who may not respond to traditional treatments.
Mental Health Conditions that can benefit from rTMS include:
Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD): GAD involves excessive worry and anxiety. rTMS can help regulate overactive brain regions associated with anxiety.
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD): OCD leads to intrusive thoughts and compulsive behaviors. rTMS can modulate the brain circuits linked to OCD symptoms.
Major Depressive Disorder: Major Depressive Disorder is a debilitating mental health condition characterized by persistent sadness and loss of interest. rTMS can alleviate its symptoms and improve overall well-being.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): PTSD results from trauma exposure and causes intrusive memories. rTMS may help in reducing the emotional intensity associated with traumatic memories.
Schizophrenia: Schizophrenia is a complex disorder with hallucinations and delusions. rTMS can be explored as an adjunctive treatment to manage specific symptoms.
Why Choose rTMS?
Safe and reliable:rTMS has been used safely for several decades and is a non-invasive procedure. This means no incisions or needles are involved, and you can usually go home the same day.
Effective:There is growing evidence that rTMS can reduce pain and improve quality of life. Patients have reported significant reductions in pain scores and improved ability to function.
Comfortable:rTMS is generally a comfortable procedure. You may feel a tingling or tapping sensation, but most people do not experience any pain.