Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)
St. Charles Rehabilitation’s clinical study of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) brings stroke rehabilitation patients on Long Island research opportunities typically found in the nation’s top rehabilitation hospitals. St. Charles examines TMS as part of its Stroke Rehabilitation Program and offers medically-qualified candidates the opportunity to participate in the investigation. Researchers at St. Charles explore how repetitive applications of TMS may affect activity in the stroke-altered brain.
What is Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)?
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is an advanced technology which uses magnetic pulses to deliver pain-free electrical stimulation to the superficial layer of the brain. Also called deep brain stimulation, TMS involves applying “paddles” over the head of patients to reach brain tissue.
TMS has been used to explore brain function, as well as treat, various medical conditions, including depression, Parkinson’s disease, traumatic brain injury, and more. TMS is approved by the FDA as a form of therapy for depression that fails to respond to medication.
Medical and rehabilitative applications of TMS relies on what neuroscience knows about the brain’s plasticity, or the capacity to change, at any point in the lifespan.