Who can benefit from PrTMS therapy, and how often should sessions be scheduled for optimal results?
The FDA has cleared PrTMS for use in adults who have failed to respond to at least one other antidepressant medication. Studies have shown that PrTMS effectively reduces depressive symptoms, boosts mental health, and is generally well-tolerated with few side effects.
Sessions are typically scheduled five times per week for 4-6 weeks, and most patients experience significant improvement after 2-3 weeks of treatment. While PrTMS is not a cure for depression, it can provide lasting relief for many people who have not been helped by other treatments.
Some patients may experience relief from their symptoms after a few sessions, while others may require the entire course of treatment. Generally, patients who adhere to their treatment plan and attend their scheduled sessions tend to have the best results.
What types of disorders can be treated with PrTMS?
Depression: The goal of PrTMS is to improve symptoms of depression by modulating neuronal activity. The precise mechanisms by which PrTMS exerts its therapeutic effects are still being studied, but it is thought that the magnetic fields help reset imbalances in brain activity that are believed to contribute to the development of depression. As a result, PrTMS offers a promising new treatment option for people who have not responded well to other forms of therapy.
Anxiety: PrTMS treatment helps people with anxiety by targeting specific areas of the brain responsible for anxiety symptoms. While traditional methods of treatment, such as medication and therapy, aim to treat the whole brain, PrTMS focuses on specific areas known to be linked to anxiety. This targeted approach is thought to be more effective in reducing anxiety symptoms, thus improving the state of people’s mental health.
PTSD: PrTMS treatment works by applying magnetic pulses to the skull, which alters brain activity and can help reduce the symptoms of PTSD. In a small study of veterans with PTSD, those who received PrTMS treatment showed significantly reduced symptoms compared to those who did not receive treatment.
ADHD: PrTMS uses pulsed magnetic fields to stimulate neurons in the brain. The exact mechanism by which PrTMS helps people with ADHD is still not fully understood, but it is thought to improve the function of the prefrontal cortex, which is responsible for executive functions like planning and decision-making.
Focus & Performance Enhancement: PrTMS treatment aims to improve focus and performance by enhancing activity in specific areas of the brain. PrTMS treatment is typically delivered through a handheld device that emits magnetic pulses. These pulses pass through the skull and stimulate the nerve cells in the target area of the brain.
PrTMS has also been effective in treating symptoms of concussion and head injury, brain fog, memory issues, and sleep disorders, and general mental health concerns.
What side effects can be expected with PrTMS treatment, and how long do they typically last?
PrTMS treatment is a non-invasive, drug-free way to help relieve symptoms of depression. During treatment, patients sit in a comfortable chair and wear a helmet that sends magnetic pulses to the brain. Most patients report feeling no side effects during treatment. However, some people may experience mild headaches, dizziness, or tingling sensations during or immediately after treatment. These side effects typically go away within an hour or two.
Patients should be aware of any risks associated with PrTMS treatment before starting therapy
In rare cases, patients may also experience more severe side effects such as seizures or mania. However, these side effects are infrequent and usually only occur in people with a history of mental illness. Overall, PrTMS is a safe and effective treatment for depression and other mental health concerns, with very few side effects.
Other potential side effects include nausea, dizziness, and fatigue. While these side effects are usually mild and temporary, discussing them with your doctor before starting the therapy is important. In rare cases, PrTMS can also cause more serious side effects, such as seizure activity. As a result, it is important to be aware of the potential risks of PrTMS before beginning treatment.
This therapy is tailored specifically for each individual and is an effective treatment for many people. If you’re interested in learning more about PrTMS and whether you may be a good candidate for treatment, please call Serene Health at 844-737-3638 or visit us at www.serenehealth.com for more information.
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