Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation

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Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) was developed by scientists in the 1980s as a tool for neurodiagnosis, nerve fiber study and the development of a functional brain map.
In the late 1980s, scientists started to use repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation for the treatment of depression.
Over time, the use of rTMS has expanded and is currently not only used for the treatment of depression, but also to treat Parkinson's disease, auditory hallucination schizophrenia, tinnitus, migraines, eating disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder as well as other mood disorders.
rTMS is a more specific form of magnet therapy. Magnet therapy is the use of magnets to provide health benefits. rTMS uses a coil rather than a magnet to produce an electrical current and is specifically used on the scalp. Magnet therapy can generally be preformed on any part of the body affected by a specific ailment.

Related Terms

Cortical modulation, magnet therapy, magnetic stimulation, neuropsychology, repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation, rTMS.