Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS)

Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation is an effective and non-invasive method to help people with severe depression.
What is rTMS?

rTMS is the abbreviation for "repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation", a scientifically very well researched form of non-invasive neurostimulation. In this process, a rapidly oscillating magnetic field with a special magnetic coil is applied over certain brain areas to influence the activity of specific underlying brain areas. The procedure is now widely used to improve brain function in numerous neuropsychiatric disorders as well as in healthy individuals to enhance performance. Through the application of rTMS, the activities of certain cells and brain areas located under the stimulation site are increased or down-regulated by up to 20-40% depending on the applied frequency, which can cause an effective permanent change in brain activity. rTMS can significantly improve mood and emotional state, cognitive abilities, memory performance, social skills and neuronal stability over longer periods of time, depending on the specific brain regions stimulated or modulated depending on the symptoms. Numerous scientific studies have shown that when applied appropriately over several weeks, rTMS can significantly improve mood, language and maths skills, attention span, problem solving, coordination, memory and many other neuropsychological skills. These functional improvements can be used alone or in combination with other therapies to accelerate the healing process. rTMS is now successfully used as an alternative or supplement to other procedures for many disorders.


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