What is TMS, why does TMS work for Depression, Anxiety, OCD, Smoking Cessation, and more

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Axon Integrative Health is a leading provider of Brainsway Deep TMS therapy in Denver for various conditions, including FDA approved: depression, anxiety, OCD, and “off-label” PTSD, MS, Parkinson’s disease, Autism, and more.

What is TMS?

Brainsway Deep TMS is a non-invasive, painless treatment that uses magnetic pulses to stimulate specific areas of the brain, producing long-lasting changes that can alleviate a wide range of symptoms.

Different Types of TMS:

Brainsway Deep TMS therapy can be administered in two primarily different modes: repetitive TMS (rTMS), and intermittent Theta Burst Stimulation (iTBS). Each of these modes targets different areas of the brain and can be customized to meet the unique needs of each patient- whether we are looking to up-regulate or down-regulate certain networks of the brain. At Axon, we utilize “Integrative TMS” which is referred to using TMS in conjunction with other modalities, lifestyle changes, and nutrition to achieve optimal brain health for various conditions.

rTMS is a mode of Deep TMS that delivers a series of magnetic pulses to the brain at regular intervals over a period of several minutes (20-30 minutes). This treatment is designed to increase activity in the prefrontal cortex, a region of the brain that is often underactive in people with depression and other mood disorders. By stimulating this area of the brain, rTMS can help to alleviate symptoms of depression, anxiety, and other conditions.

iTBS is a newer mode of Deep TMS that delivers short bursts of magnetic pulses at high frequency over a period of just a few minutes (8-15 minutes). This treatment is designed to stimulate the brain more rapidly and efficiently than rTMS, producing faster – yet more sustainable – results. iTBS has been shown to be highly effective in treating depression, and it is also being studied as a potential treatment for other conditions, such as PTSD.

Integrative rTMS is a combination of many other modalities and lifestyle changes such as Functional Movement, NeuroFeedback Therapy, Functional Medicine . This mode of treatment allows us as clinicians to target multiple areas of the brain simultaneously, producing more comprehensive and lasting results, and you as the patient to achieve optimal health. Integrative rTMS is often used to treat complex conditions, such as OCD, Autism, and MS, where multiple areas of the brain may be affected.

Why Does TMS work?

So how does Brainsway Deep TMS work, and why is it so effective? The therapy works by stimulating specific areas of the brain that are underactive in people with depression, anxiety, and other conditions. By increasing activity in these areas, Deep TMS can help to rebalance the brain’s chemistry, producing long-lasting changes that can alleviate symptoms for months or even years after treatment. This occurs by stimulating the NMDA receptors on the chain of neurons involved with the target network- “firing together”. Over time these NMDA receptors activate chains of calcium-gated channels “wiring” these pathways together. This is the essence of Neuroplasticity “what fires together wires together”

Unlike traditional treatments for depression, such as medication or talk therapy, Deep TMS does not have any significant side effects. It is a safe, non-invasive treatment that can be administered on an outpatient basis, with no need for hospitalization or anesthesia. Patients can resume their normal activities immediately after treatment (they can drive themselves to and from the clinic), and many report feeling better after just a few sessions.

At Axon in Denver we also utilize quantitative encephalography or qEEG pre and post treatment to delineate the appropriate network to affect, to ensure the proper networks are being stimulated, and to ensure you are making positive progress.

TMS at Axon Integrative Health in Denver:

At Axon Integrative Health in Denver, patients receive personalized treatment plans that are tailored to their unique needs and goals. We use state-of-the-art equipment to deliver Deep TMS therapy in a comfortable, relaxing environment, full of love, life and community, and they work closely with patients to ensure that they get the best possible results.

Overall, Brainsway Deep TMS therapy in Denver is a safe, effective, and non-invasive treatment for depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, MS, Parkinson’s disease, and many other conditions. If you or someone you know is struggling with one of these conditions, contact us at Axon Integrative Health today to learn more about how Deep TMS can help.

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