Leading Drug Free Treatment for Depression, Anxiety, Insomnia and ADHD: rTMS

rTMS or Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation is a drug free, noninvasive treatment best known for depression and is currently offered at Team Health Care Clinic in Champlin, MN.  rTMS is an FDA cleared device for treatment of depression but has also been shown to be beneficial for ADHD, anxiety, insomnia, and other brain-based disorders.  Since the earliest studies were focused on people with depression, virtually all insurance plans, including Medicare, cover rTMS for resistant depression.

What is rTMS?

rTMS is a medical grade magnet that is used to balance the speed of the frequency of firing of the nerves in the brain.  The magnet sends a signal that can be varied to stimulate or slow down the nerves in specific regions of the brain, depending on the patient’s disorder.

For example, people with depression, concussions and ADHD are found to have a slowing of the frequency of firing of the brain.  People with anxiety and insomnia are often found to have a faster than normal firing of the brain. In our clinic, we use a 19-lead electroencephalogram, or EEG to determine the frequency of firing in the brain.

An EEG measures the electrical firing of the brain much like an EKG measures the heart.  Huge data bases have been developed that have allowed us to make comparative studies of our patient’s EEG versus a normative data base.  We can now objectively determine if a patient’s symptoms are related to abnormal firing of the brain and require a modality such as rTMS to speed up or slow down the firing. No guesswork!

A cautionary warning to all readers considering rTMS:  Not all rTMS providers select their patients based on this objective high-tech EEG testing.  Many are still determining their patient’s candidacy by their symptoms alone.  We find our patients are impressed and feel validated when the objective testing determines that their brain is simply not firing as it should.

rTMS is NOT electroconvulsive therapy.

rTMS should not be confused with electroconvulsive therapy or even medication management where side effects are potentially severe such as cognitive impairment, sexual dysfunction, weight gain and many others.  Our patients resume normal activity following a treatment session as the worst side effect may be a mild headache.  Even this is rare.

As one patient put it, “what do I have to lose?” when she considered her treatment options for anxiety.  rTMS is a low risk, highly success option for qualified candidates.  Here is what one rTMS patient had to say about his results:

If you are interested in learning more about rTMS, call our clinic at 763-323-1492 to schedule an “rTMS consultation and examination” with one of our medical providers.

Joe Bertsch, DC

Joe Bertsch, DC

 

ADD | Sleep Disorders | Anxiety – Neurofeedback Treatment

If brainwave patterns are unhealthy, it can result in a number of health challenges:

ADD
Anxiety
Sleep Disorders
Autism
Trauma (Injury, Stroke, Concussion)
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Post Traumatic Stress Disorders (PTSD)

The good news is that the brain is extremely adaptable and with proper “training,” called Neurofeedback, our brains can correct brainwave patterns. Team Health Care Clinic is excited to offer neurofeedback therapy to our patients as part of our Brain Health Protocol.

Watch this video to learn more.

Neurofeedback: Natural Treatment for ADHD and Brain Based Disorders

Parents of children with ADD, ADHD and other brain based disorders are increasingly searching for non drug treatment options for their children. They are right to be concerned. For over 20 years, researchers have studied the long term effects of drugs used to treat the symptoms of these conditions. Several years ago, our search for ADD ADHD non drug treatments led the doctors at Team Health Care Clinic to Neurofeedback.

Neurofeedback therapy has proven to be safe and effective for individuals with brain based disorders like  ADD, ADHD and Autism. At our Champlin, MN clinic, we have successfully used neurofeedback training to address the cause of these brain based disorders.

Understanding the ADHD Brain

To determine if Neurofeedback training is an appropriate course of action, we use an EEG test to understand the electrical activity of the brain. An EEG test is conducted when electrodes are attached to scalp to measure brainwaves in 19 different locations. The electrodes only receive information and do not put electricity into the brain. People with brain based disorders have commonalities in their EEG test results that help us to understand when a treatment protocol using Neurofeedback is necessary.

Neurofeedback: ADD ADHD Non Drug Treatments 

ADD ADHD non drug treatments Think of neurofeedback training like a brain that has a mirror to itself. When the brain receives cues about itself, it is able to self correct. It is not magic. The self correction happens through a visual or auditory feedback  in the form of a TV screen or music. When the brain does the correct thing, the patient is rewarded with watching a movie or listening to music. There is no medication used and nothing introduced into the body.

Although it’s a few years old now, this CNN news story  does a good job of explaining how neurofeedback works.

Neurofeedback is Effective

  • A search of the Pubmed website (National Institute of Health) revealed 152 medical studies for neurofeedback ADHD and 54 for neurofeedback and anxiety. These are just two of the more common symptoms of a brain not functioning as it should.
  • Neurofeedback trains the brain and doesn’t treat symptoms, so it can potentially have a benefit to most abnormal brain symptoms.
  • Incredibly, there were 830 medical studies on neurofeedback and its effect for a wide variety of brain conditions.

Neurofeedback brain training is just one of the methods we use at Team Health Care Clinic to help the brains of patients of all ages to function better. I have been fortunate enough to see some remarkable changes in my patients with ADD ADHD non drug treatments and I encourage anyone looking for a natural treatment option to check out Neurofeedback.

In our clinic, we offer a free consultation to those who are interested in learning more about brain based therapies for the treatment of Anxiety, ADD, ADHD, Autism, and other conditions. Click here to request an appointment.

Jay Bertsch, DC

Jay Bertsch, DC

 

 

 

rTMS for Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, Insomnia and Dementia

At Team Health Care Clinic, we are pleased to introduce an innovative, drug free, noninvasive treatment best known for depression: Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS).  rTMS is an FDA cleared device for treatment of depression but has also been shown to be beneficial for ADHD, anxiety, insomnia, some forms of dementia, and other brain related disorders.

rTMS treatments are not painful and patients can read or watch TV during their treatments.  Patients can resume their normal activities following their treatment as the worst side effect may be a mild headache.  These are even rare.

Depression

This is in sharp contrast to electroconvulsive therapy and medication management where symptoms are potentially significant such as weight gain, sexual dysfunction, cognitive impairment and many others.

How does it work?

rTMS is a medical grade magnet that is used to balance the speed of abnormal operating nerves in the brain.  The magnet sends a signal that can be varied to stimulate or slow down the nerves in specific regions.  For example:

rTMS FOR DEPRESSION

Scientists expect brains to fire at is 15-20 pulses per second (pps) in the left frontal lobe.  Patients with mild depression will fire at 10-12pps and below 10pps in more severe cases.  In these cases, we will stimulate the brain with rTMS to fire at a normal frequency.

rTMS FOR ANXIETY

Normally, the left side of the brain fires at a higher frequency than the right side.  When this pattern reverses and the right brain works at a higher frequency, the individual often exhibits symptoms of anxiety.  In this case, the brain would be balanced by stimulating the speed of the left side of the brain or slowing the speed of the right side.

rTMS FOR OTHER CONDITIONS

rTMS can be used to improve abnormal frequencies in the brain, either stimulating or quieting it, to treat a wide variety of conditions.

In order to get the most precisely directed and successful treatment, you should consider the following:

  1. Request only EEG guided rTMS

Patients should request their provider measure the frequency of firing of the entire brain with a 19-lead electroencephalogram, or EEG.  An EEG measures the function of the brain like and EKG measures the function of the heart.  Without this information, a provider is making recommendations based on a patient’s history alone.  With the information discovered from the EEG, a provider can give precise rTMS treatment to the specific unbalanced region of the brain. No guesswork!

  1. Not all rTMS units are equal

Some rTMS units can only treat at 10pps frequency and are consequently limited in the conditions it can successfully treat.  Find providers that are using a state of the art unit that can vary its frequency of stimulation from 1 to 20pps.  This allows the provider to treat a wide variety of conditions beside depression.

  1. Evaluate Brain Chemistry

Find providers that evaluate brain chemistry including blood glucose, neurotransmitter deficiency, brain-gut connections, gluten sensitivity and many other factors.

 

If you suffer with depression, anxiety, insomnia, ADHD and other brain related disorders, I would encourage you to explore rTMS as a highly successful, low risk solution for qualified candidates.  In our clinic, we determine your candidacy by starting with an examination, including an EEG.

Tiffany Watson, CNP

Tiffany Watson, CNP

 

Treating Anxiety Related Disorders with Neurofeedback

Getting nervous or anxious is so common that nearly everyone will experience it at some time in their life. However, when anxiety is so severe or frequent that it begins to interfere with one’s life, it should be evaluated for the cause. Our providers diagnose and treat patients with anxiety regularly. In today’s post, we review some common symptoms and causes of anxiety along with a lesser-known treatment option: neurofeedback.

What is Anxiety?

Anxiety related disorders are the most common mental health disorders in the US, comprising an estimated 40 million adults. The following are a partial list of some of the more common early symptoms:

  • A worrisome nature
  • Sleeping difficulty
  • Irrational Fears
  • Self consciousness
  • Stomach problems
  • Tight muscles
  • Rapid breathing/pulse
  • Self doubt

Diagnosing Anxiety

There are many helpful questionnaires that can assist one in determining if they have anxiety. Whenever possible, I like to use a test called Qualitative Electroencephalography (QEEG) to help me identify anxiety in my patients. QEEG is a painless, non-invasive test that measures the electrical activity in the brain at 19 locations. Much like an EKG for the heart, abnormal patterns can be identified. The QEEG pattern most associated with anxiety is too much beta wave in the right hemisphere of the brain.

Common Causes

It is critical that one understands that anxiety is simply a description of a mood or feeling. The first thing one should think when they are told they have anxiety is “but why?” Besides an imbalance in the electrical activity of the brain (QEEG) some of the common underlying causes include:

  • Thyroid disorders
  • Sugar imbalances
  • Heart disease
  • Stressful lifestyle
  • Lung disorders
  • Food sensitivities
  • Digestive problems
  • Traumatic events
  • Inherited tendencies

Treatment Options

Whenever possible, I assist the patient by correcting the possible above underlying causes. In many cases, this involves retraining the brain imbalance with neurofeedback if the QEEG is abnormal. I have found neurofeedback to be highly effective for most types of anxiety. It is a noninvasive treatment option with no concerns for side effects that are often seen with traditional approaches to treatment involving medications. My treatment plan may also include lab testing, nutritional supplements, herbal remedies, dietary modifications, and other approaches. I make referrals to mental health professionals as appropriate. I prescribe medications as a last resort.

If you or someone you know may have anxiety, schedule an appointment. My team will provide our “anxiety relief” consultation at no charge to see if you are a candidate for our program.

Tiffany Watson, CNP

Tiffany Watson, CNP