The Fisher Wallace Stimulator is designed to be used for 20-minute daily sessions, once during the day to treat depression or anxiety, and/or once a couple of hours before bedtime to treat insomnia.
Does the Fisher Wallace Stimulator cause headaches?
Fisher Wallace: 1 in 500 patients experience headache upon using, and 1 in 250 patients have experienced increased wakefulness after using. A small number of patients have experienced skin irritation at electrode sites (Fisher Wallace research page).
Is Fisher Wallace device safe?
In addition, no adverse events were recorded with the device during any study and the device causes no serious side-effects. Fisher Wallace Stimulator is safe to use with or without medication and no prescription is needed for the device in Canada, according to the company.
What does Fisher Wallace Stimulator do?
Fisher Wallace Stimulator®, a patented cranial electrotherapy stimulation device that was cleared by the FDA in 1991 for the treatment of depression, anxiety and insomnia. In the delayed treatment arm, the participants will receive a sham device that looks exactly the same, but only provides treatment for 2 seconds.
How long does Alpha Stim take to work?
It may take 3 to 8 weeks for the full benefit to be realized, or you may sleep through the night after your first treatment. If you do wake in the night, you may do another Alpha-Stim® treatment to help with getting back to sleep. Most people find it relaxes their mind and helps with returning to sleep.
Does Alpha-Stim stimulate vagus nerve?
Alpha-Stim AID, due to the location of the electrode placement (clipped to the earlobes), is able to simulate a branch of the vagus nerve that is situated nearby (Feusner er al., 2012) but has a different stimulus protocol and the way it is worn is easier.
Can you use Alpha-Stim more than once a day?
You certainly can – but you do not need to. One treatment a day is usually sufficient. If you would like to do two treatments in one day, that is ok, too – there is no risk of overuse! Also, the benefits of Alpha-Stim are cumulative, meaning you can use it less and less over time.
Can TMS cause brain damage?
No. TMS doesn’t cause brain damage. This is assuming that all the screening measures are taken and there are no contraindications to the magnetic treatment (no ferromagnetic metals in the brain).
How often can I do Alpha-Stim?
Depression typically takes at least 3 weeks or more of daily treatment to experience significant improvement. Once symptoms have improved, use of Alpha-Stim 2 – 3 times per week or less is usually sufficient to maintain results.
Can Alpha-Stim increase anxiety?
Safety Contraindications. The Alpha-Stim electrotherapy device delivers lasting results for pain, anxiety, depression, and anxiety without dangerous side effects, tolerance, or addiction. In 30+ years and clinical studies involving more than 8,800 people, Alpha-Stim users have reported no serious side effects.
How does Alpha-Stim make you feel?
The Alpha-Stim relieves post-traumatic, acute and chronic pain, anxiety, insomnia, depression, and more. It is a quick, safe, and sustainable method of treatment that has volumes of research over multiple decades proving its benefits.
Does Alpha-Stim increase serotonin?
Although there is little biologic data on neurotransmitters specific to the Alpha-Stim device, in preliminary studies using the LISS Cranial Stimulator (a device with a similar waveform and strength as the CES device), participants had increases in plasma serotonin, norepinephrine, and β-endorphin.
What does Alpha-Stim do to the brain?
By changing the electrical and chemical activity of certain nerve cells in the brainstem, Alpha-Stim® technology appears to amplify activity in some neurological systems, and diminish activity in others.
What does vagus nerve stimulation do?
Vagus nerve stimulation prevents seizures by sending regular, mild pulses of electrical energy to the brain via the vagus nerve. It is sometimes referred to as a “pacemaker for the brain.” A stimulator device is implanted under the skin in the chest.
Can I watch TV while using Alpha-Stim?
The Alpha-Stim is a very simple medical device to help control anxiety, depression, and/or insomnia. It typically works in 20 to 60 minutes every other day. It can be used while you read, work or watching TV.
Is Alpha-Stim effective for depression?
Improvements with in depression symptoms with alpha stim CES at 12 weeks drive improvements in both anxiety and depression symptoms at 24 weeks. Sustained improvement with alpha-stim CES is driven by effects on both anxiety and depression symptoms.
Can TMS affect your eyesight?
Our findings indicate that TMS applied over early visual areas disturbs the ongoing neural dynamics that normally produce spontaneous alternations in perceptual states during binocular rivalry.
Is TMS safer than ECT?
TMS is an effective and safe choice for individuals who cannot bear the side effects of other treatments, such as ECT. However, another important factor in TMS treatment is age. Adults and children can go through regular TMS, whereas deep TMS is specific to patients older than 18.
Can TMS worsen anxiety?
Abstract. Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) has been shown to have a therapeutic effect on affective disorder and anxiety disorders. However, some reports have linked rTMS to a significant increase in anxiety in normal volunteers.