This treatment is currently being used as a potential treatment for many Psychiatric & Neurological disorders. The psychiatric indications include Depression, Schizophrenia, Mania, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Obsessive – Compulsive Disorder, Phobias, Panic Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Eating Disorders & Addictions. The neurological conditions where rTMS has proved to be useful are Stroke, Parkinson’s Disease, Migraine, Multiple Sclerosis, Autism, Epilepsy, Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain. Details of the utility of rTMS in these conditions are given below. There are other disorders as well where this modality is currently being tried
Yes.This treatment will not interfere adversely with medication. Rather, both will have a complimentary effect on the underlying disease process.
No, it is not. It is a treatment option and like all other treatments for any other illness, it too has its limitations. It will not help everyone who receives it. There will be some who benefit less than the others. But it is a very effective and extremely safe treatment alternative, both intreatment-resistantt cases and also as first line treatment
The efficacy of this treatment in treating Depression has been clearly established. It is useful both in treatment resistant Depression and also as a first line treatment modality. There are studies which have shown that its benefits equal those seen with the use of anti-depressants. When given in combination with medication, relief from symptoms and recovery can be anticipated quicker, the dose requirement of medication goes down and the adverse effects associated with continued intake of higher doses of medicine would also decrease. Overall, rTMS has been considered a ‘life saver’ in Depression.
Yes. When used in the inhibitory mode, this treatment can bring down the Hyperactivity in a child who has ADHD. This could result a significantly low dose of medication being required to manage the problem in addition to improving the results with other interventions.
Yes. There is a reduction in tics following a course of this treatment.
Studies have shown that rTMS can help some people with Eating Disorders such as Anorexia Nervosa & Bulimia Nervosa. We are recommending that a trial of rTMS should be given in these conditions.
Craving is seen to go down following application of rTMS. So, it would be a worthwhile modality to try as a part of overall treatment for Chemical Dependence.
Following a course of rTMS, there is a decrease in rigidity & slowing (Bradykinesia), improvement in the abnormal movements (Dyskinesias) and an improvement in walking as well. Improvement in speech is also noted.
Yes. A course of rTMS has been shown to improve spasticity, decrease weakness or paresis and induce movements in paralysed limbs. These improvements have been induced even several years after the Stroke happened.
The use of rTMS in MS has been associated with decreased spasticity in the limbs, improved hand dexterity & improvement in urinary tract related problems.
Yes. It has been used for its role in preventing the Migraine attacks from taking place and can reduce the frequency & severity of the Migraine headache.