Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a noninvasive procedure that uses magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in the brain to improve symptoms of depression. TMS Therapy is typically used when other depression treatments haven't been effective. This treatment for depression involves delivering repetitive magnetic pulses, so it's called repetitive TMS or rTMS. We perform TMS Therapy at our St. George Utah Office.
Most major insurance providers cover TMS Therapy treatment, but an evaluation is required by Dr. Hendleman, located in our St. George office, to first assess the suitability of treatment with each patient.
TMS Therapy is a revolutionary treatment that can help alleviate the symptoms of Treatment-Resistant Depression and those with suicidal thoughts. TMS Therapy uses gentle magnetic pulses to target areas known to cause depression. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Hendleman today to find out how we may be able to provide you better balance in life!
There are many different companies who offer machines to operate TMS treatments. Better Balance Psychiatry made sure to do their homework before deciding to use MagStim, which has been doing research on TMS for 32 years. They have state of the art research facilities that are continuously finding new and innovative ways that TMS can help keep you balanced!
They use top of the line technology in all of their machines and require training for physicians and staff members who use MagStim. Magstim does not pressure physicians to churn out as many patients as possible or required added fees for each patient, thus allowing physicians the ability to focus more on the patient and helping them achieve Better Balance.
At Better Balance Psychiatry our board-certified Psychiatrist, Dr. Hendleman, offers the most advanced platform to perform mappings of the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (DLPC). By having a highly specialized Physician perform the mapping, combined with MagStim’s advanced features, your treatment location will be accurate to within millimeters to ensure you have the most efficient and excellent experience possible on you road to wellness!
There are many benefits to be had from TMS Therapy. Health researchers are still studying the science and procedures, but they have concluded that TMS Therapy may help the following conditions:
TMS Therapy is used to treat major depressive disorder (MDD), also known to everyone simply as depression. We treat many cases of depression at our facility in St. George. It is definitely recommended to those who have not found relief to their depression from medication and/or psychotherapy. This is called treatment-resistant depression. Approximately 30 percent of people with depression don’t respond to those previous treatments. According to 2015 research, depression is linked to reduced activity in the prefrontal cortex. This part of the brain is involved with depression symptoms, like low energy levels and appetite changes. TMS Therapy may help by stimulating nerve cells and increasing activity in this area.Book Now
TMS may improve symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).The FDA approved TMS for OCD in 2018. As with depression, TMS is recommended if a person with OCD hasn’t responded to medication and psychotherapy. According to one study, people with OCD often have increased activity between the prefrontal cortex and striatum. This hyperconnectivity is associated with severe OCD symptoms. TMS can be used to inhibit the activity in this part of the brain, thus reducing OCD symptoms.
TMS may also be a solution for anxiety. Conditions like depression and OCD often cause anxiety symptoms as side effects to the base conditions. TMS Therapy could also be beneficial for GAD or Generalized Anxiety Disorder. TMS may reduce the activity in the prefrontal cortex according to a 2019 study.
According to a 2019 review, TMS showed effectiveness for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). As mentioned, TMS can target the prefrontal cortex, which regulates how you process fear and worry. A 2018 trial found that TMS alongside cognitive processing therapy was effective for PTSD. The therapeutic effect of this combination lasted for 6 months.Book Now
A stroke happens when blood flow to the brain is blocked or reduced, causing brain cells to die. This can result in long-term loss of muscle movement. According to research, using TMS after a stroke could promote motor recovery. The idea is that the magnetic impulses can alter the activity of the motor cortex, the part of the brain that controls voluntary movement. A 2017 article also shares that TMS may improve dysphagia, or difficulty swallowing, by stimulating the motor cortex. They add that dysphagia affects 50 percent of people who have experienced a stroke.
Schizophrenia is a chronic, and often severe, psychiatric disorder. A main symptom of the condition is auditory hallucinations, which affect 75 percent of people with schizophrenia. According to a 2019 review, targeting the temporoparietal cortex could be beneficial for auditory hallucinations. This part of the brain, which is involved in language, is typically overactive in schizophrenia.
Parkinson’s disease is a neurological disorder. It causes motor dysfunction, including tremors, balance issues, and freezing of gait. Freezing of gait occurs when you feel frozen and can’t move while walking. A 2020 study found that TMS may improve freezing of gait. According to the researchers, TMS normalized the connections between parts of the brain involved in gait freezing.
TMS might have benefits for Alzheimer’s disease, a form of dementia. This disorder causes progressive memory loss and cognitive decline. According to newer research, it’s thought that TMS could help Alzheimer’s disease by altering the neural connections involved in memory and learning. However, more research is necessary to understand how TMS can manage Alzheimer’s disease.
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic autoimmune disorder that affects the nervous system. It commonly causes spasticity, or muscle tightness that makes it difficult to move.In a 2019 study, researchers used TMS on the motor cortex of people with MS. The treatment, combined with physical therapy, was found to decrease spasticity.
Nicotine releases dopamine, also called the “happy hormone.” It sends signals to the reward system of your brain, including the prefrontal cortex, resulting in nicotine cravings and addiction. According to a 2013 study, TMS could help reduce nicotine cravings by targeting the prefrontal cortex. The researchers think that TMS promotes the release of dopamine, which reduces the need for nicotine.