Benefits of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation in stroke patients

A single session of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) to the unaffected part of the brain can improve motor function in stroke patients.

Here are the details of the study.

  • 15 patients with chronic stroke received 5 treatments
  • They were followed for 2 weeks
  • rTMS increased the magnitude and duration of the ability to use and control muscles and movements (motor effects) in the affected hand
  • Reaction time in the patients’ stroke-affected hands got 30% faster after 5 days of treatment, and the effect lasted for 2 weeks
  • More treatments lead to greater effect
  • Patients were 10%, 20%, 27%, and 30% faster on days 2, 3, 4, and 5 of treatment, respectively.
  • There were no negative effects on thought processes (cognitive effects) or seizure activity

More research with 21st century magnets can be found in earlier posts on major depression, neuropathic pain, and as a research tool in Alzheimer’s disease.

9/24/06 14:14 JR

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John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.