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TMS Therapy for Treatment of Migraines

May 23, 2018

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.