Trans-cranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is a relatively new treatment approach although similar treatments have been known to work for other conditions. On the NeurologicaBlog, Steven Novella explains the treatment as “a legitimate treatment modality” that is too new to know whether or not it truly works. This article was written back in 2013. Now, in 2015, we’ve seen more studies that suggest that TMS may just be an effective treatment option.
The treatment itself consists of using magnetic fields to alter the neurons that fire in the brain. It can be used to either increase or decrease activity that is happening.
For example, in one study, High Frequency stimulation was applied to part of the brain where excitability is generated. This was found to benefit those studied who experienced social anxiety as well as helping with eye-hand coordination after stimulation in the premotor stimulation.
What does this mean for Autism?
Once more studies are conducted and if they are found to be as effective as they have been thus far, we may have a means of controlling the bothersome symptoms of Autism.
Similar treatments have been found to be beneficial in other conditions like depression. Parts of the brain that are found to be not functioning optimally are stimulated using electromagnetism.
If TMS is found to be effective, then not only do we have a treatment for Autism but for several other conditions that are being studied with the effectiveness of TMS including Parkinson’s, Migraines, and Insomnia.