Tips and Best Practices for Using a tDCS Machine at Home
Do you have a tDCS device? Or do you want to try a tDCS device for the first time? If so, it’s important that you maximize the benefits you derive from it. Below, we explain how tDCS works and how you can get the most from home brain stimulation.
What is tDCS?
Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) is a technique for stimulating areas of the brain.
A special device sends painless, harmless electrical signals to whichever part of the brain you wish to target. tDCS machines use electrodes to deliver these electrical impulses. The electrode placement determines which parts of the brain you target.Why would you use tDCS machines? Early research suggests that tDCS can help:
- Improve Memory
- Increase concentraion and focus
- Boost overall feelings of wellness
Studies suggest that tDCS may be helpful for patients with neurological issues, chronic pain, low mood, and movement disorders.
The technique is easier to perform than some other brain stimulation methods, because tDCS machines are fairly small and portable. They’re also simple for individuals to use at home.
How Do tDCS Machines Work?
The concept is simple.
- Two electrodes are placed on the head.
- The machine sends low-level impulses through the electrodes to the brain.
- The impulses either dampen brain activity or increase brain activity, depending on the goal.
- Users can choose their own settings and decide how long they want a session to last.
Side effects are minimal. Some users do report some very mild tingling which goes away once the treatment stops.
Tips to Get the Most Out of Home Brain Stimulation
To get the most from your tDCS machine, here are four tips to bear in mind.
1. Choose Your tDCS Brain Stimulator Carefully
The best tDCS machine for you is out there. It’s just a matter of finding it. That’s why it’s important to do your research before you buy.
View the full range and contact our team if you need more help.
2. Set a Session Goal
It’s vital that you set at least one goal before using your device. That way, you’ll know if you’re getting the most out of your sessions.
For example, you might want to improve your tolerance for home brain stimulation, so you decide to try a longer session. Or maybe you want to improve your concentration or boost your focus. Whatever your goal, optimize your session by figuring it out in advance.
3. Monitor Your Progress
Keep notes of your sessions to refer back to. Monitor changes in things like your mood, behavior, concentration, and focus over time. Reflect on whether the device is helping you.
By tracking progress, you can make changes to your home brain stimulation routine to improve your experience.
4. Inspect Your tDCS Device
Your device should last you a long time if used properly. And, most tDCS devices don’t require much – if any – maintenance. However, you should still inspect your device frequently to look for faults such as loose connections or worn cables. If you don’t spot a fault quickly, you could lose out on the benefits of a session.
5. Replace your Sponges Regularly
It is important to replace your sponges regularly. We recomemned replacing them weekly. Not replacing your sponges causes current to build up in certain areas of the sponges and not be equally disperved over the entire sponge surface area.
Eventually the sponge resisntace will become to high and the device will not be able to start.
Buy Your Own tDCS Brain Stimulation Device From Caputron
There are various ways to perform brain stimulation. What’s important is that you find the right device for your needs – and your budget.
Unsure what you’re looking for? We can help. Get your tDCS machine with Caputron today!
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