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Non-invasive brain stimulation TMS Therapy may help stroke survivors recover speech and language function, according to new research in the American Heart Association journal Stroke.
tms-therapy-new-yorkFor anyone who has been a victim of a stroke, cared for a victim of a stroke, or been close to someone who has suffered from this often debilitating event, you’ll be all too aware of how frightening and long-lasting the effects can be. One of the main lasting effects is a problem with speech and language. This can be frustrating for sufferers and severely impact on recovery, if not given due attention. For a long time this has been purely speech and language therapy, which can be a lengthy process, however recent studies have given hope of a quicker and more effective recovery for sufferers.
TMS, or transcranial magnetic stimulation, has boosted professionals hoping to find a quicker recovery method, and when combined with traditional speech and language therapy early on in recovery, the results are certainly encouraging.
Whilst the very term, TMS, sounds daunting, it’s anything but, and in fact very gentle. The procedure involves a handheld magnetic coil held over the patient’s head, and waves are sent, penetrating the brain and correcting imbalances.
A small study at the rehabilitation hospital Rehanova and the Max-Planck-Institute for neurological research in Cologne, Germany. recently tested the effectiveness of TMS, and the 13 stroke survivors who underwent TMS came out showing greater improvement. This gives great hope for the future with regards to treatments and therapy.
Further trials are now taking place, with the aim that soon TMS will be a recognised, effective treatment for survivors of stroke.