TMS for Essential Tremor

Essential Tremor (ET) is a neurological disorder involving unintentional rhythmic shaking, most commonly affecting the hands, arms, head, and voice. 
It is considered the second-most common adult movement disorder, following restless leg syndrome. ET also has a considerable impact on the quality of life, particularly among the elderly.

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) therapy can significantly help deal with Essential Tremors. TMS treatment is a non-invasive procedure used to stimulate nerve cells in the brain. 

It involves using a device that generates magnetic fields to induce small electrical currents in specific areas of the brain. These magnetic fields are delivered through a coil placed on the scalp, and the stimulation can be targeted to different brain regions, depending on the specific condition being treated.


Benefits of Choosing Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Therapy for Essential Tremor


Non-invasive: TMS is a non-invasive procedure, implying that it doesn’t require surgery or implants. Hence, it reduces the risks associated with invasive treatments.

Targeted Stimulation: TMS enables precise targeting of certain areas of the brain implicated in neurodegenerative disorders, such as the cerebellum in Essential Tremor, minimizing off-target effects and maximizing therapeutic efficacy.

Customizable Treatment: TMS therapy can be tailored to individual patient needs, including the frequency, intensity, and duration of stimulation, providing personalized care for optimal outcomes.

Minimal Side Effects: TMS is generally well-tolerated, with minimal-reported side effects, reducing the risk of adverse reactions, as compared to systemic treatments like medication.

Adjunctive Therapy: TMS can complement other treatments for neurodegenerative disorders, potentially enhancing overall treatment efficacy when used alongside medication or physical therapy.

Improved Quality of Life: By targeting symptoms associated with neurodegenerative disorders, TMS therapy can potentially improve patients' life quality by reducing symptom severity and enhancing functional abilities.

TMS for Essential Tremor: The Process at Shore Clinical TMS & Wellness Center

At Shore Clinical TMS & Wellness Center, repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) is utilized as a potential therapeutic approach to alleviating Essential Tremor. 
This non-invasive procedure involves the application of repetitive magnetic pulses to particular areas of the brain, particularly targeting the cerebellum, which is implicated in the pathophysiology of Essential Tremors.

The Clinical Effects of Cerebellar rTMS on Tremor Severity in Patients with Essential Tremor

A study conducted in 2018 to evaluate the clinical efficacy of cerebellar repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) on tremor severity in ET patients revealed promising insights. It was a double-blind and sham-controlled trial with 23 participants, to whom rTMS was administered over 5 days. 

The pattern of changes in tremor severity suggested a slower return to baseline values in the rTMS group, compared to the sham group. Subgroup analyses hinted at potential benefits for patients with a positive family history of ET and those with less chronic disease. 

This and other research provide preliminary evidence supporting the potential therapeutic benefits of cerebellar repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) in Essential Tremors.