A century ago, people would have rolled their eyes if they were to be informed that the brain has an unending power to grow and change throughout the life of an individual. Not only this. The fact that there could be non-invasive ways to self-use electrical devices to stimulate the growth would have totally blown their minds. Well, medical research is in its golden era when it comes to technological advancements and tDCS devices are proof to that!
tDCS Devices and their working methodology
So you’ve been hearing the word around but do not really know what tDCS devices are all about? Well, a tDCS (Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation) device is nothing but a small, portable, battery- powered instrument attached with electrodes that are used to stimulate specific brain tissues. These do so by passing a small amount of current through the same. While the description may sound a little alarming, the quantity of current passed at any given time is too small (between 1-2 milliamp) to cause direct impacts/firing of neurons or damage to the brain.
Various researches have been carried out for testing the safety of using tDCS devices in terms of short and long-term side effects. Medical communities have strongly recommended tDCS devices to be completely safe when used in consultation with a health practitioner and by following the recommended safety instructions.
The devices come as portable kits with electrodes that can be directly placed on the scalp (at locations suggested by a health practitioner or within the self- use manual). While the current is small enough to go unnoticed, it is sufficient to regulate neuron polarization. This is needed to treat various neurological conditions like depression, anxiety, cognitive issues, visual and auditory perception skills, motor issues, memory related problems, etc.
Medical opinion on the benefits of tDCS
The brain plasticity concept is emerging since the last couple of decades. Along with this, there is research evidence to prove the efficacy of tDCS devices in the same. Furthermore, there has been a surge in the demand for the same within global markets.
Research proves the benefits of tDCS for treating and providing symptomatic relief for various neurological conditions. These include depression, anxiety disorders, hyperactivity and attention deficit disorders, poor memory, slow processing issues, etc.
tDCS devices work by increasing the levels of “happy hormones” like dopamine and serotonin. Moreover, it helps in stimulating the production of glutamate which is an important neurotransmitter. Increased level of these hormones and neurotransmitters improves the brain’s processing time and creates new neural pathways enhancing brain power in various areas.
We know that just might not be enough to make you feel safe to try out this new technology!
For those needing more convincing, tDCS as a technology has been considered completely safe for usage by medical practitioners and researchers around the world.
The ease of usage
There is no dearth of options in the market when it comes to choosing tDCS devices. Most brands provide a complete kit together with the battery operated stimulation device, a set of battery, electrodes, headphones, and head straps. All kits come with precise labelling as well as user manuals with complete instructions which makes handling these devices extremely convenient within the comforts of your home!
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