What’s the difference between Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation (CES) and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)*

At Caputron, we’re proud to offer a wide range of brain stimulation solutions including those which harness CES and TMS technologies. That said, what if you’re not familiar with the differences between these two forms of treatment and are unsure which is ideal for you? Let’s explore these differences in more detail to aid you in making an informed decision.


Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation Devices (CES)

This form of brain stimulation involves the application of a small, completely safe and controlled electrical current via a specialized sponge, ear-clip, or hydrogel electrodes targeting the cranial nerves of the brain. Cranial electrotherapy stimulation devices are often useful in treating insomnia, depression, mood swings, anxiety, and even chronic pain. Note that, as CES technology is classified as a Class III medical device by the FDA, you need to obtain approval from a licensed medical practitioner in order to purchase one yourself. This can easily be done online using this telemedicine gateway: HelpDetoxMe.com

Contrary to popular belief, CES is not the same as tDCS – the only similarities are that both are non-invasive forms of electrical brain stimulation. CES uses a pulsed alternating current waveform, and it is also FDA cleared to treat depression, anxiety, and insomnia. tDCS, on the other hand, is a newer technology and not cleared for the same treatments just yet. Let's take a look at home TMS devices and standard transcranial magnetic stimulation machines.

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Devices (TMS)

When using a transcranial magnetic stimulation device,> the form of treatment is different. Benefits to mental health, mood and more are made possible by magnetic fields through a unique coil-based system placed over the patient’s head. These magnetic fields are harnessed by a qualified technician, which stimulates nerve cells within the brain in targeted areas. Specialized equipment is required for this procedure as well, such as the Brain Ultimate, but TMS is very particular and requires the services of a trained expert in order to ensure the best possible results. Even for home TMS devices.

Most TMS devices are quite large, wall-powered, heavy, and affixed to a cart-based setup with modular components for cooling and other features. With the exception of home TMS devices. Practitioners can also complement these devices with EEG and Neuronavigation technologies for increased precision and real time feedback.

The Verdict

If you want at-home, self-administered treatment that is safe and comfortable, consider cranial electrotherapy stimulation devices (CES), but remember that you will need to obtain permission from a medical expert before purchasing, such as from HelpDetoxMe.com. Otherwise, those who opt for transcranial magnetic stimulation devices (TMS) will need to work with their local practitioner. If you have a home TMS device, you still need to consult with a medical professional before use. To learn more about these and other treatment solutions, contact us at Caputron today. We’re happy to help!

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