Electrical Brain Stimulation for Fibromyalgia

Transcranial magnetic stimulation for fibromyalgia

A trending treatment form of magnetic brain stimulation is demonstrating the potential to improve fibromyalgia patients’ symptoms. The technique is called transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS).

A French study reported that it significantly increases the quality of life as well as the emotional and social well-being of patients suffering from fibromyalgia.

The lead researcher, Dr. Eric Guedj of Aix-Marsaille University, reported that “this improvement is associated with an increase in brain metabolism, which argues for a physical cause for this disorder and for the possibility of changes in areas of the brain to improve the symptoms.”

The objective of this study was to show that it is possible to modulate certain brain areas using transcranial magnetic stimulation in order to correct brain abnormalities and alleviate patients’ symptoms.

The way treatment worked, fibromyalgia sufferers were fitted with a hat was lined with electrodes that sent small electric charges that were highly targeted to specific areas of the brain. The purpose was to stimulate these brain areas altering and studying how they reacted.

By targeting areas of the brain that are implicated in pain as well as social and emotional well-being, transcranial magnetic stimulation is viewed as a safe treatment intervention for fibromyalgia sufferers.

There are many questions regarding how this stimulation methodology can be applied to fibromyalgia sufferers. There are issues regarding how long the treatment effects will last as well as how often the cranial stimulation should be repeated.

As well, since transcranial magnetic stimulation is not currently approved for the treatment of fibromyalgia, if you are suffering from it it is unlikely that you will be able to receive this treatment, at least for the time being.

How transcranial magnetic stimulation works

During a session, an electromagnetic coil is positioned near your scalp and against your forehead. The electromagnetic unit will deliver at magnetic pulse that is painless and stimulates nerve cells in specific brain regions that are responsible for controlling mood and depression.

The particular reasons why TMS works are not completely clear but the stimulation seems to influence how parts of the brain work, which can sometimes ease symptoms of depression and provide mood enhancements.

Research is ongoing regarding the utility of transcranial magnetic stimulation for fibromyalgia patients. Make sure you keep abreast of new developments to see if eventually this becomes an improved treatment methodology for fibromyalgia sufferers.