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TMS or transcranial magnetic stimulation is a noninvasive procedure that utilizes magnetic field to stimulate certain areas of the brain. By stimulating the nerve cells, the procedure helps in improving the symptoms of depression, anxiety, migraines, and even Parkinson’s disease.

What can you expect during a TMS therapy session?

During a TMS therapy session, an electromagnetic coil will be used and placed against your scalp. This will deliver the magnetic pulse that will stimulate the nerve cells in the targeted area.

It usually takes more than a single session to start noticing significant changes on the symptoms.

Before having repetitive TMS, you may have to undergo a thorough physical exam in order to make sure that TMS is a suitable and safe option for you. Depending on your reason for undergoing TMS, you may also have to undergo a psychiatric evaluation.

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NeurOasis offers innovative treatment options for patients living with depression who have not seen improvement in their condition through traditional therapy, such as therapy and medication.

Transcranial magnetic stimulation, or TMS Therapy, is a noninvasive, FDA-approved therapy for conditions like anxiety, depression, migraines, and Parkinson’s disease.

If you think TMS Therapy may be suitable for you, request your free consultation online or call (520) 338-2557 today. We can’t wait to be a part of your journey.

TMS Therapy for Treatment of Migraines

A migraine is a condition characterized by pulsing sensation or severe throbbing pain, usually felt on just one side of the head.

Medical experts still don’t know what exactly causes a migraine. Some research shows that the occurrence of migraine has something to do with the nerve pathways and brain chemicals. Hence, researchers believe that migraine is a form of neurological disorder.

Triggers

Migraine attacks are usually triggered by the following:

  • Physical changes
    Sleep deprivation, exhaustion, and even physical overexertion can set a migraine attack.
  • Hormones
    Changes in hormonal levels can set a migraine attack. Women who are susceptible to having these attacks usually experience having them during their menstrual period.
  • Emotions
    Some people’s migraine attack are triggered by emotions. These include stress, anxiety, and depression.
  • Environment
    Certain smell, noise, and even sight can trigger a migraine attack. Some of the most common environmental triggers include flickering screen, loud noise, and strong smell.

Symptoms

Migraines usually progress in different stages – the prodrome, aura, headache, and post-drome. Not everyone though may experience all stages.

Prodrome

Occurring a day or two before the headache itself, prodrome are subtle changes that will tell you that there’s an upcoming migraine. Constipation, neck stiffness, and food cravings are some examples of prodrome symptoms.

Aura

You may or may not have an aura before a migraine attack. Auras are considered to be nervous system symptoms. These are usually visual, sensory, movement, or verbal disturbances.

Attack

During a migraine attack itself, you may feel a pulsing or throbbing pain on one or both sides of the head, blurred vision, nausea and vomiting, and sensitivity to light, touch, and sometimes, smell.

Post-drome

Also known as the final or last stage of a migraine attack, post-drome stage is characterized by confusion, weakness, dizziness, moodiness, and sensitivity to light and sound.

TMS for Migraines

Migraines are generally managed through a combination of medications and lifestyle changes. However, if these are no longer working for you, it may be time for a different approach.

TMS Therapy, or transcranial magnetic stimulation, is a non-invasive, FDA-approved treatment for different conditions including migraines. During TMS Therapy,  magnetic pulses are delivered to certain areas of the brain through a device. These magnetic pulses cause tiny electrical currents that disrupt the abnormal electrical activity associated with migraines.

To learn if TMS is right for you, contact us today.

Postpartum Depression

It’s not uncommon for women to experience the “baby blues” following birth. This pertains to feelings of anxiety, stress, sadness, loneliness, and tiredness. But there are women who experience a more serious form of mood disorder – postpartum depression.

What is postpartum depression?

Postpartum depression is a type of depression a woman could develop after giving birth. Although it can start anytime during the baby’s first year, it usually occurs during the first three weeks after birth.

About 1 in 7 women experience postpartum depression. Unlike the baby blues, postpartum depression doesn’t go away on its own. When left unmanaged, it can last for weeks or months.

The Risk Factors

Some women are more prone to developing postpartum depression. These include those who have a family history of depression or mental illness, previous experience of depression or anxiety, first time mothers, and those who are facing additional stressors after birth (e.g. financial problems, having a child with special needs, emotional stressors).

Signs and Symptoms

The signs and symptoms of postpartum depression can be different for everyone but the most common ones include:

  • Loss of interest or pleasure on things one used to enjoy
  • Panic attacks
  • Feeling worthless
  • Racing thoughts
  • Mood swings (excessive irritability, anger, or agitation)
  • Inability to sleep
  • Eating too much or too little
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Fear of being alone with the baby
  • Fear of not being a good mother
  • Thoughts of hurting one’s self or the baby

Treating Postpartum Depression

Postpartum depression is usually treated through psychotherapy, antidepressants, or a combination of both. However, if you have tried these and have not see any improvement in your symptoms, there is an alternative therapy –  transcranial magnetic stimulation or TMS.

TMS is a minimally invasive and FDA-approved treatment for mood disorders like anxiety and depression. If you want to find out how this form of therapy can help you manage your postpartum depression symptoms, you can contact us to schedule an appointment.

Postpartum depression can be treated and you don’t have to face it alone. We can help.

What is PTSD?

PTSD or post-traumatic stress disorder is a mental health disorder that can occur in people who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event. It may be a natural disaster, war/combat, violent or personal assault, or a serious accident.

Although anyone can have PTSD, there are factors that increase one’s chance of having it. This includes having a very intense or long-lasting traumatic event. Factors like traumatic exposure, gender, age, and stress level after the traumatic event can also affect the development of PTSD.

Symptoms of PTSD

Usually, symptoms of PTSD start soon after the traumatic event. However, there are cases on which the symptoms appear months or years later.

People with PTSD continue to have disturbing thoughts and feelings related to the traumatic event. It can be in the form of flashbacks or nightmares. It may also be through emotions such as anger, fear, or sadness.

People suffering from PTSD may also avoid situations or people that remind them of the traumatic event or show strong negative response to something ordinary such as loud noise.

Managing PTSD Symptoms

People with PTSD can get better through psychotherapy and medications. If you are suffering from PTSD and tried these conventional treatments but failed, you have another option – TMS therapy.

TMS therapy, or transcranial magnetic stimulation is a safe, noninvasive, and FDA-approved treatment for conditions like PTSD. It’s an in-office, outpatient method that uses magnetic fields to stimulate certain areas of the brain.

Unlike medications, TMS therapy is not associated with any undesirable side effects. The procedure doesn’t interfere with your activities so you can continue your daily activities right after your session.

If you want to find out more how TMS can help you with your PTSD symptoms, you can call us for a free initial consultation.

Why Traditional Treatment Isn’t Working

Major depressive disorder is the leading cause of disability in the U.S. It affects over 16 million American adults or about 6.7% of the U.S. population.

Normally, depression is managed through the use of antidepressants, anti-anxiety medications (if one has another mental or physical condition), and psychotherapy.

While medications and psychotherapy are considered the standard treatment for depression, it doesn’t mean that they work for everyone. In one article published in the Harvard Health blog, it says that only a third of those with major depression achieved remission after trying one antidepressant.

There is a term used to describe the type of depression that is not responsive to standard or conventional treatment method – treatment-resistant depression. You are most likely to have it if standard depression treatments like antidepressants and psychotherapy isn’t enough. They may not help much at all or you may feel better for a short while, only for the symptoms to come back after a certain period of time.

TMS Therapy

If you’re tired of trying different antidepressants and hopping from one therapist to another, it may be time to consider alternative depression treatments like TMS therapy.

TMS therapy or transcranial magnetic stimulation is a noninvasive procedure that uses magnetic fields in order to stimulate certain areas of the brain responsible for your depressive symptoms. It’s FDA approved and a safe procedure for the treatment of conditions like depression, anxiety, and even PTSD.

One of the best things about TMS therapy, is that unlike conventional depression treatment methods, it isn’t associated with major side effects. To find out more how TMS can help ease your depression symptoms, you can contact us to schedule an appointment.

The Physical Effects of Anxiety

We all experience anxiety from time to time. However, this occasional anxiety is different from what one has with an anxiety disorder.

Anxiety disorders are more than just having a temporary worry or fear. It involves incessant worries that do not go away easily. In many cases, they get worse over time.

Chronic anxiety does not just interfere with daily activities and relationships; it can also have an impact on physical health.

Anxiety and Physical Health

Anxiety-provoking situations trigger our body’s “fight or flight” response. This results in the release of chemicals and hormones, causing a myriad of events which include a faster heart rate and breathing.

The body reacts this way to prepare you to respond appropriately to the situation. While this is a completely healthy response from the body, repeated exposure to the stressor can break the balance.

When you are repeatedly stressed or anxious, the body ends up not getting the signal to return to normal functioning. And this can weaken the immune system, making you more prone to viral infections.

Other body systems such as the excretory and digestive systems may also suffer. Chronic anxiety can lead to loss of appetite and it’s even suspected to contribute to the development of irritable bowel syndrome.

Anxiety disorders also increases one’s risk of heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure.

What To Do

If you are living with anxiety and haven’t had any success with the conventional treatment methods, TMS therapy may be right for you.

TMS therapy, or transcranial magnetic stimulation, is a noninvasive and FDA-approved treatment for conditions like anxiety and depression. In this form of therapy, short pulses of magnetic field are administered. These pulses of magnetic field stimulate the disrupted areas of the brain, causing improvement of symptoms.

To schedule a free consultation with NeurOasis, call (520) 338-2557, or fill out this form on our website.

Beat the New Year Blues

The idea of beginning a “New Year” may ignite a feeling of excitement and promise for some, but for many people that is not the case.

Some experience a spike in depression this time of year. The New Year blues, which usually occur in January, can happen for several reasons. The incessant worry of the future, feeling unaccomplished to what transpired in the previous year, and gaining extra pounds from holiday parties can all contributing factors to this post-holiday depression.

Overcoming the New Year Blues

 

The following strategies can help you get through the New Year blues:

  1. Avoid personalizing failures and setbacks
    If you’re the kind of person who to tend to focus on your past failures and negative experiences, then try this year to change that. You can start by evaluating these experiences objectively. See them as they are and figure out what you can do to keep them from happening again. Don’t internalize bad experiences, thinking that they only happen to you because they don’t; every person has failed and has a fair share of bad experiences.
  2. Stay active
    Whether it’s taking a walk or cleaning your house, engaging yourself in any form of physical activity can help beat the New Year blues. Physical activity can make you feel better as it triggers the release of endorphins in your brain (these are also known as the “feel good” hormones).
  3. Consider treatment
    If medications, therapy, and traditional methods of treatment don’t work in improving your depression symptoms, consider TMS therapy.

    TMS therapy, or transcranial magnetic stimulation, is a non-invasive, FDA-approved method for improving the symptoms of depression and anxiety. Although it’s still unclear as to how it improves the depressive symptoms, several studies have shown that TMS works.

Don’t let your past define what you’ll become this year. NeurOasis can help you get back on your feet through TMS therapy. Call (520) 338-2557, or request an appointment online to see how we can help you in the new year.

New Year, New You with NeurOasis

The persistent feeling of sadness and the loss of interest in things or activities you used to enjoy is not normal. If you’re experiencing these symptoms or finding it hard to function in your every-day life, you may be depressed.

What is depression?

Depression is an overwhelming feeling of sadness or loneliness, usually lasting for long periods of time. Unlike occasional sadness or loneliness, depression can cause physical symptoms and can greatly impact your quality of life.

Depression can affect the way you live, including your interactions and relationships with people in your life. Traditional treatments of depression include the use of antidepressant drugs, psychotherapy, or a combination of both. It is not uncommon for these to decrease in effectiveness over time. If you’ve tried traditional treatment methods with little to no results, it may be time to consider an alternative option.

TMS for Depression

TMS, or transcranial magnetic stimulation, is an alternative treatment option for mood disorders like depression. It’s a noninvasive procedure that uses magnetic fields to stimulate the nerve cells of the brain, improving the symptoms of depression. It’s typically recommended when the usual treatment for depression isn’t working.

During a TMS session, an electromagnetic coil is used. This is placed against the scalp to deliver magnetic pulses that stimulate the nerve cells that are involved in mood control and depression. Studies have shown that such stimulation affects how the brain works and effectively improves the symptoms of depression.

Give yourself the gift of freedom in the New Year!

NeurOasis in Tucson, Arizona specializes in TMS therapy. We want to be part of your journey. Call (520) 338-2557 to schedule a free consultation with one of our specialists today.

What is Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation?

 

Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a noninvasive procedure that uses magnetic fields to stimulate key areas of the brain. It is an FDA-approved treatment for major depression and other conditions like anxiety, PTSD, stroke, anorexia, autism spectrum disorders, and for pain management. It’s generally safe and offers long-lasting effects compared to conventional treatment methods.

How It Works

During a TMS therapy session, an electromagnetic coil is placed on the head, above the targeted area of the brain.

The magnetic fields from the device do not directly affect the whole brain. They only reach about 2-3 centimeters beneath the treatment coil. As they move into the brain, they produce very small electric currents, which stimulate the nerve cells that are involved in depression and mood control.

The exact mechanism of how TMS works is still not completely understood but several studies have shown that the stimulation from TMS helps in easing the symptoms of depression and other mood disorders. It is also shown to help in the recovery of stroke patients.

The initial treatment course is usually comprised of five treatments per week for four to six weeks. Additional TMS sessions may be needed for optimal antidepressant benefits or “maintenance” for some.

Is it safe?

Transcranial magnetic stimulation is a safe and non-drug therapy option for patients with major depressive disorder, anxiety, and PTSD.

Compared to the conventional treatment methods like drug therapy, TMS is not associated with major side effects. There may be slight discomfort or pain at the treatment site but it’s only temporary.

To find out if TMS Therapy could make a difference in  your life, call (520) 338-2557 to schedule your free consultation today.