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Can TMS Help My Parkinson’s?

Are you familiar with the new research study that shows a high-frequency repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation over bilateral motor cortex that improves symptoms of bradykinesia and rigidity in patients with Parkinson’s disease? Are you completely confused about the overload of that question? No problem. Here at Neurosciences Medical Clinic, we are here to make sure you understand all that goes into TMS and how it can aid Parkinson’s. Located near Miami, we are the prime source for the ease of bradykinesia.

Research Shows

The research highlights the potential for developing rehabilitation for specific motor symptoms that may come from Parkinson’s. Investigators, such as Alessandro Di Rocco, MD, says, “

“Stimulation of the motor area can help Parkinson’s symptoms, and this can be sustained over time. Knowing which symptoms are helped by TMS may be important to define better the target area,”  He is the executive director at The Fresco Institute for Parkinson’s & Movement Disorders at NYU Langone Medical Center In New York City.

The Master Parkinson’s Disease (PD) Study

This was a multicenter, sham-controlled, double-blind study in patients with idiopathic PD and significant motor problems. This is despite treatments with medications. Though the results of this study have yet to be published, they already confirmed that high-frequency bilateral M1 stimulation is helpful in improving the motor symptoms. It is unclear, however, which specific motor symptoms have improved.

Dr. Di Rocco and his colleagues analyzed 298 patients during the investigation. All of which suffered from PD. The TMS protocol consisted of daily sessions of 2500 stimuli for a total of 10 days. To be specific, it took place Monday through Friday for two consecutive weeks over bilateral motor cortex versus placebo. The patients were then evaluated without their medications directly after and continuing for a month. The baseline demographic and clinical variables were similar between the two groups.

What is TMS Therapy?

TMS therapy involves the use of very short pulses of magnetic energy to stimulate nerve cells in the brain. First used in 1985, TMS therapy has been used by researchers around the world to help understand the function of different parts of the brain. Approximately 50% to 60% of people with depression who have tried and failed to receive benefit from medications experience a clinically meaningful response with TMS. About one-third of these individuals experience a full remission, meaning that their symptoms go away completely. Like most other treatments for mood disorders, there is a high recurrence rate. However, most TMS patients feel better for many months after treatment stops, with the average length of response being a little more than a year. Some will opt to come back for subsequent rounds of treatment.

Contact Us Today

The process of TMS treatment for Parkinson’s disease is relatively simple. You will recline in one of Neurosciences Medical Clinic reclining chairs while one of our technicians places a coil around your forehead. Then we will focus the magnetic stimulators on specific points to target areas of the brain. You may feel a slight tapping and hear clicking during this process. After treatment, you will be able to go about your normal daily activities. There are no immediate side effects to this treatment so that you can drive to and from your appointment. It is as easy as getting a checkup! Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

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