Have you ever wondered if it’s possible to improve your memory as you age? Or hone your concentration and learning ability?
The brain is incredibly complex. Scientists still don’t fully understand how the brain operates. However, recent research suggests it may be possible to improve cognition. One method of cognitive improvement involves combining extant neuroimaging technology and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS).
TMS is a relatively new therapy. In combination with neuroimaging, TMS uses detailed pictures of the brain to stimulate specific brain regions in order to improve cognitive functioning.
TMS is a safe and effective treatment which is indicated, and FDA cleared for the treatment of depression and OCD. However, recent evidence suggest TMS may also be effective at improving cognition.
If you’re interested in learning more about cognitive enhancement with TMS, contact us today.
What is Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Therapy?
How Is the Brain Primed for Cognitive Enhancement?
Neuroplasticity is the ability of the brain to:
- Learn new information
- Acquire new skills
- Change and adapt throughout an entire lifespan
Cognitive enhancement is the process of improving neuroplasticity. It enhances abilities like memory, learning, and motor functions.
Enhancing cognition has huge implications for certain neurological disorders. These include Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and degeneration as a result of brain injuries. Even for those without neurological disorders, cognitive enhancement may help improve mental alertness.
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Neuroimaging & TMS – How Does It Work?
Neuroimaging involves taking pictures of the brain. Neuroimaging technology allows scientists to see which areas of the brain “light up” in response to different information.
By combining neuroimaging techniques with TMS, scientists can target specific areas of a person’s brain. This allows scientists to tailor TMS treatment to a patient’s unique brain geography and cognitive enhancement goals.
Neuroimaging and TMS procedures are non-invasive. You can learn more about TMS by visiting here.
How Successful is TMS for Stimulating Cognitive Enhancement?
Research suggests that TMS therapy may be a useful tool for promoting cognitive enhancement. Studies have shown that TMS improves neuronal connectivity.
How Long Does it Take for TMS to Start Working?
Most patients experience notable improvement with TMS by session 8, 9 or 10 (about two weeks after starting treatment) as opposed to medications which may take 4-6 weeks to relieve symptoms.
What Are the Side ffects of TMS Therapy?
Typically, there are no side effects of TMS treatment. Mild scalp discomfort during active treatment is the most common side effect. Other infrequent but known side effects may include:
- Mild Headache
TMS should not be used in patients who have:
- Implanted magnetic devices, such as aneurysm clips or cochlear implants. Dental fillings and piercings are not magnetic devices.
For more information about the services we offer or whether TMS treatment is covered by your insurance provider, contact us today.