How does TMS work to help manage symptoms other than Depression-like Anxiety, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and Chronic Pain?

Briefly, by using Transcranial magnetic stimulation to target different areas of the brain, we can slowly change brain chemistry and restabilize areas that used to be functional before. In the case of anxiety, we use TMS to send magnetic pulses to “calm” the areas of your brain that control our responses to threats or fears. We have had patient’s who report that within five sessions their anxiety is no longer debilitating which certainly improves their quality of life.

In the case of pain syndromes, Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) of the prefrontal cortex can cause changes in acute pain perception which is believed to act via inhibitory pathways that arise from the same area TMS is targeted to treat depression (dorsolateral prefrontal cortex).

TMS has helped patient’s chronic pain, especially when depression may be exacerbating the perceptions of pain symptoms. Individuals with chronic pain are more likely to have depression, and individuals with chronic depression are more likely to have pain. To date, only 30-40% of patients receive a satisfactory response to conventional treatments such as medication. There is significant evidence supporting the use of rTMS for its analgesic effects in various pain syndromes such as Fibromyalgia.

Please feel free to reach out to our office if you have any questions about how non-invasive TMS treatments might help with your pain. We will be glad to help!

If you have any questions that you would like to have answered by us, please send us an email at

Elia Gonzalez-Rodriguez, M.D
TMS Services of Vancouver

Published On: May 28th, 2021 / Categories: Depression, TMS Services /
Dr. Gonzalez-Rodriquez earned her medical degree via Fifth Pathway Certification from New York Medical College, in Valhalla, NY. After training at New York Medical College, she completed a Family Medicine Internship at University of Connecticut and afterwards went on to complete Psychiatry Residency at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle, WA where she served as Chief Resident at the VA Medical Center in Seattle, WA during her last year in training. She is Board Certified in Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. She believes it is particularly important to take time getting to know her patients in order to learn how best to help them. She believes each patient responds best to an individualized treatment plan that is tailored to the individualized needs that includes but not limited to medications management, counseling, therapy as well as non-pharmacological treatments, such as TMS. She is committed to providing evidence-based-data treatment options for multiple psychiatric diagnoses including mood disorders as well as substance use disorders.


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