Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a safe and effective treatment that uses magnetic pulses to stimulate different areas of the brain. TMS is non-invasive (does not require surgery), non-systemic (does not affect the entire body) and well-tolerated. TMS therapy can be used alone, or in conjunction with other treatment modalities including behavioral therapies and medication.
Neuro Wellness Spa is one of the leading providers of TMS in California. Our Medical Director and Founder, Dr. Martha Koo, M.D., is a pioneer in development and application of TMS therapy. Dr. Koo holds certifications in the applications of Neurostar rTMS, Brainsway Deep TMS and MagVita rTMS therapy. Additionally, she has over 20 years of experience working in private practice psychiatry. Passionate about using TMS and other therapies, Dr. Koo is dedicated to helping her patients with OCD.
What is Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Therapy?
How is OCD Treated with TMS?
Although medications and behavioral therapies are treatment options for OCD, over 40% of patients still experience OCD symptoms after undergoing these conventional treatments. Transcranial magnetic stimulation is a novel and effective approach to symptom relief for those with OCD.
TMS is indicated and FDA-cleared for the treatment of OCD. When treating patients with OCD, TMS pulses are directed towards specific areas of the brain which have been associated with OCD symptoms.
During TMS treatment, patients recline in a treatment chair and remain awake and alert. A TMS magnet is positioned over the patient’s head to deliver pulses to specific areas of the brain. Patients report that the pulses feel like taps on the scalp. Each treatment session lasts about 30 minutes, after which patients can immediately return back to their daily routines.
TMS is well tolerated. Sometimes patients experience mild scalp discomfort or mild headache during treatment. Most patients experience a positive response to TMS after 2 weeks of treatment (8-10 sessions).
If you are interested in TMS therapy for yourself or a loved one suffering with OCD, call Neuro Wellness Spa on 1-877-847-3984 or go to our Contact Us page.
What is OCD?
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a mental illness that can have debilitating symptoms that prevent sufferers from functioning normally. While OCD has traditionally been categorized as an anxiety disorder, recently the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, fifth Edition (DSM-5) created an entirely separate mental disorder category for OCD and OCD-related illnesses. Although OCD is a is chronic condition, there are a variety of treatments that have been found to be successful in alleviating OCD symptoms and underlying issues.
OCD is a disorder that causes the sufferer to have obsessive and unwanted thoughts and/or repetitive behaviors. Obsessive thoughts may cause the person to feel a great amount of anxiety or cause them to develop compulsions. Compulsions are the behaviors which people with OCD may perform to alleviate their anxiety-inducing thoughts. These behaviors often impede a person’s ability to live their everyday life – for instance, they might obsessively wash their hands or perform other rituals to an extreme. The most common way to treat OCD is with cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and medications. However, these common treatments are not effective for everyone. TMS therapy is a safe and effective option for those suffering with OCD symptoms even when conventional treatments have not provided symptom relief.
Signs and Symptoms of OCD
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) affects people of all ages and all walks of life, including about 1 in 40 adults in the United States. OCD is a mental health disorder in which a person has uncontrollable, reoccurring thoughts (obsessions) and/or behaviors (compulsions).
Obsessions are typically repetitive, intrusive, and sometimes irrational thoughts that cause intense panic or anxiety. Common obsessions may center around unwanted violent or sexual thoughts, losing control of one’s body, the fear of contamination or death, misplacing objects or the need for symmetry.
Compulsions are typically physical or mental behaviors that patients perform to alleviate or “fix” problems that their obsessions have created. Often, compulsions may present as everyday behaviors which are taken to an unhealthy extreme, like hand washing that goes well beyond a concern for cleanliness. Compulsions may also present as irrational impulses, like needing to count cracks in the sidewalk perfectly or else fearing for a family member’s life.
With OCD, obsessions and compulsions can cause a lot of distress, take up significant time and interfere with daily activities.
OCD can affect anyone regardless of one’s country, race, gender, or economic class. BeyondOCD, a foundation dedicated to raising awareness about OCD, reports that approximately 1 in 40 Americans will meet the DSM-5 criteria for an OCD diagnosis at one point in their lives. Current estimates suggest that 1 in 100 children in the U.S. have OCD.
While those figures may seem staggering, as many as 1 in 4 American adults will experience obsessions or compulsions at some point in their life.
For more information about the services we offer or whether TMS treatment is covered by your insurance provider, contact us today.