We’re thrilled that you’re interested to learn about how the PlatoWork tDCS headset could serve as a valuable complement to your already great treatment.
Here you will find information about the functioning of your brain, the historical background of tDCS, details about the PlatoWork tDCS headset, and the potential integration of this technology into your current treatment plan.
How does the brain work?
The brain is like a powerful computer that controls everything we do and think. It is made up of billions of cells called neurons that communicate with each other through weak electrical signals. These signals allow different parts of the brain to collaborate in tasks such as movement, emotion, memory, and cognition.
The brain is continuously evolving and adapting in response to the demands it encounters, and this is the most important part of the constant development of our brain. ‘Neuroplasticity’ refers to the brain's ability to undergo these physical changes and establish new connections, enhancing its capacity for information processing.
What is tDCS?
Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS), is a well-validated and non-invasive neuromodulation technology that is both safe and effective in treating a range of neurological and psychiatric disorders. Its primary objective is to enhance neuroplasticity and the brain's natural ability to change over time when we learn, grow and recover.
tDCS technology consists of a small battery and two or more electrodes placed on the scalp, with a weak current sent between them. Simply explained: Where the current enters, neuronal firing increases. Where the current exits, the firing decreases. The technology works by increasing or decreasing activity in stimulated areas of the brain depending on the placement of the electrodes.
PlatoWork tDCS headset
The PlatoWork tDCS headset functions by delivering a gentle electric current to the scalp via two electrodes. By accelerating the rate of change and collaborating with the brain, the headset promotes heightened neuroplasticity, facilitating faster development of neural connectivity.
It's important to note that tDCS does not induce new activity but rather enhances the brain's innate activity processes. Consequently, the PlatoWork tDCS headset boosts natural plasticity, thereby augmenting your brain's potential to form new neural connections.
Using the PlatoWork tDCS headset
To ensure optimal effectiveness of the PlatoWork tDCS headset, it is crucial that you collaborate with your clinician. That's why PlatoScience Medical has partnered with healthcare professionals across 20 countries who are utilising tDCS neurotechnology to transform mental healthcare.
It is simple to use the PlatoWork tDCS headset: you place the device on your head, and using the accompanying app on your phone you can initiate a session as configured by your clinician. The usual practice involves wearing the PlatoWork tDCS headset for 30 minutes per day, 5-7 days a week, over a period of approximately 4 weeks. Thereafter, the frequency of use typically decreases, such as using the headset for two 30 minute sessions per week, or as otherwise instructed by your clinician.
During the session, you may experience a mild tingling sensation on the skin under the headset. However, users generally adapt quickly to this sensation and can comfortably engage in various activities, such as reading a book, while receiving the simulation.
Kindly discuss with your clinician the integration of the PlatoWork tDCS headset into your existing treatment plan. If your clinician is not currently affiliated with our services, we encourage you to motivate them to establish a connection with us.
Extensive research on tDCS has been conducted over the past 20 years with more than 9000 scientific papers published on the topic. Clinically, tDCS is a promising treatment option for a range of conditions, including depression, addiction, pain and migraine. The side effect profile of tDCS is minimal, with most users experiencing no more than mild skin tingling during use. No serious adverse events related to tDCS have ever been reported.
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