Exploring Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Randolph County

By Jerry Jones

While somewhat controversial, there are a number of new technologies and treatments associated with brain activity. One of the most prominent is that of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Randolph County. In some cases, the treatment is also known as the acronym TMS or, rTMS when providing multiple treatments during a session.

To accomplish this tasks, an electric generator or stimulator is used to connect a magnetic coil to the scalp. The equipment then sends an electrical surge to the coil which creates a magnetic field. The field, then causes a secondary electrical charge to the brain. To date, the process has shown successful in both therapeutic and diagnostic environments.

Most noted adverse effects of the treatment include fainting and seizures, both of which of are rare. Interference with pacemakers and defibrillators have also been reported. Whereas, test subjects have also reported discomfort in the way of pain, cognitive changes, hearing loss and hypomania.

Researchers and scientists have now proved that TMS can measure different activity and functions in circuits of the brain in humans. The most widely accepted use of TMS is now being used to measure the connection between the primary motor cortex and the central nervous system. For, health care providers can look at the information to determine whether damage to the central nervous system was caused by a past, present or ongoing physical or mental illness.

Generally regarded as a safe treatment, as with any new technology being used in the medical field, there are risks. In most cases, risks are higher with regards to rTMS than TMS. However, whether experiencing a single shock during a treatment or multiple shocks, risks still exist. In fact, these elevated risks are just one reason health care providers, researchers and scientists all still find the practice controversial.

When using butterfly coils, TMS uses an electric current which runs across the skull and scalp. In this case, a coil which is enclosed in plastic is held next to the skull during activation. After which, the magnetic field can induce the brain which then activates nearby nerve cells.

In butterfly coil oriented TMS, the magnetic field is about the same as that of an MRI, with a pulse which only involves about 5 centimeters of depth the brain. As such, butterfly coils are often used for minor damage to the nervous system while modified coils are often used in more severe cases. In either case, electrical charges are used to charge different positions of the brain which then sends the electrical charge to the central nervous system which has the ability to regulate different sensations in nerve cells.

Research has shown over time that electrical currents running through wires generate a magnetic field. As such, TMS has now used this process to discharge electrical currents from capacitors into coils which can produce pulsed magnetized fields. Whether being used for treatment or diagnostic purposes, this new technology appears to have great potential when it comes to use in the field of neurology, especially in regards to calming or curing a number of neurological illnesses and conditions including symptoms of ADD, ADHD, Autism, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease.

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