TMS for Migraine


Migraines can be debilitating, affecting millions of people worldwide. At Shore Clinical TMS & Wellness Center, we understand the adverse impact migraines can have on your life. That's why we offer Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) therapy as a potential treatment option for those suffering from migraines.

What are Migraines?


Migraines are severe headaches or pulsing sensations, typically localized on one side of the head. Often accompanied by vomiting, nausea, and sensitivity to light and sound, they can last for hours, or even days.
Some people may experience a precursor known as an ‘aura’ before or during a migraine attack. This warning sign may manifest as visual disturbances, like flashes of light or blind spots, or other sensory disruptions such as tingling in the face, arm, or leg, along with speech difficulties. A migraine’s exhausting nature can disrupt your routine and diminish your overall quality of life.


Common Causes of Migraines


The exact cause of migraines is not fully understood, but they’re believed to involve changes in brain chemicals and nerve pathways. 

Triggers that can contribute to migraine attacks include:

  • Stress
  • Hormonal fluctuations in women
  • Processed and salty foods
  • Hormonal medications and oral contraceptives
  • Changes in the sleep cycle
  • Alcohol and other beverages
  • Weather changes
  • Loud sounds or flashing lights

Signs and Symptoms of Migraines


Migraines typically progress through these four stages:

1. Prodrome

Occurs one or two days before a migraine attack, marked by subtle signs like mood changes, food cravings, and neck stiffness.

2. Aura

Visual or sensory disturbances that may precede or accompany migraines, such as seeing shapes or experiencing numbness.

3. Attack

Lasting up to 72 hours if left untreated, this stage involves throbbing head pain, sensitivity to light and sound, nausea, and vomiting.

4. Post-drome

After the attack, people may feel drained, confused, or elated, with brief pain relapses triggered by sudden head movements.
It’s important to keep in mind that not everyone suffering from migraines experiences all stages.


TMS for Migraines at Shore Clinical TMS & Wellness Center


Research suggests that repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) can reduce headache frequency, intensity, and duration. It can also decrease the use of abortive medications and improve functional impairment associated with migraines. In addition, studies have shown that TMS therapy can help reduce the use of abortive medications, improve functional impairment, and alleviate symptoms of depression associated with migraines.

For instance, a 2019 study published in Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain has highlighted the effectiveness of TMS in reducing migraine frequency and severity. It demonstrated a significant reduction in migraine attacks per month and the use of abortive medications among participants who received rTMS, compared to those who received a placebo.

At Shore Clinical TMS & Wellness Center, we offer TMS therapy as a safe and effective option for migraine management. Our experienced team will work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan tailored to your unique needs. Contact us today to learn more about how TMS therapy can help you find relief from migraines and improve your quality of life.