How Can TMS Improve Anxiety Symptoms?
Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a noninvasive treatment method that uses the energy in magnetic fields to "exercise" the brain as one would exercise a muscle. By stimulating the neurons and the pathways in the brain, TMS can potentially strengthen the neural connections that regulate many aspects of our well-being, including emotions, behaviors, and thoughts. By enhancing these connections, this FDA-approved technique may help individuals who deal with various issues, including anxiety, depression, PTSD, impulsivity, addiction, insomnia, and other negative mental states or habits.
If you'd like to learn more about this unique treatment in Encinitas, CA, please contact us at Kind Health Group to explore your options with Dr. Georgine Nanos, our board-certified family physician.
What is TMS?
TMS has been in development for over two decades and has been thoroughly researched, with studies performed at notable institutions like Harvard, Stanford, and Oxford universities. This unique modality was first developed in 1995, and after showing promise in its field, it was approved by the FDA in 2008 and has since been utilized by hundreds of thousands of patients.
Every treatment session is bolstered by decades of clinical use and accumulated experience, all formulated to help patients improve their standard of living and overall well-being. Since TMS was designed to stimulate and strengthen nerve pathways in the brain, it has become a multi-use modality. It's employed not only to treat anxiety but other issues, including OCD, past trauma and PTSD, personality disorders, addictions (binge eating, nicotine, etc.), and many other mental health concerns.
How can TMS improve anxiety symptoms?
One of TMS's greatest advantages is that it delivers focused magnetic pulses to targeted brain regions, and it does so through completely noninvasive means, requiring no surgery and lengthy downtimes afterward. Instead, TMS stimulation is delivered through a paddle-shaped coil placed on the scalp's surface in the comfort of our Encinitas, CA office. This device generates localized magnetic pulses that are gentle yet potent: the pulses are comparable to those given off by the magnetic fields created within an MRI scanner, yet this energy is focused and concentrated in a smaller area, about the size of a quarter.
This stimulation provides a workout for the brain. As lifting weights would cause muscle growth, TMS strengthens the brain cells and pathways responsible for our mental states, including those that control thought processes and help regulate our emotions, behaviors, and thoughts. Through this unique mode of action, TMS can reduce symptoms for individuals dealing with numerous issues, including anxiety and depression, by helping them cope with stress without feeling overwhelmed or discouraged.
Countless individuals are afflicted by various mental health issues, including anxiety and depression. Therapy and medication are two prevalent treatment methods, but they may not always produce the desired results. Our physicians at Kind Health Group are excited to offer you the possible benefits of TMS — 2 out of 3 patients respond to this state-of-the-art therapeutic option, while 1 in 2 achieve remission.
Learn more about TMS today
With apparent results in potentially just a few days, please don't hesitate to reach out to us and schedule a complimentary consultation with our board-certified family physician, Dr. Georgine Nanos, in Encinitas, CA.