The development of new technology could change treatment methods for people with speech and language disorders resulting from stroke and Parkinson’s disease.
Researchers from the University of Queensland have found that transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) can stimulate the brain through magnetic pulses to “switch on” or “switch off” a specific part of the brain.
The technology is non invasive and has so far proved effective in treating long-term sufferers of these conditions where traditional methods have been ineffective.
Trials have shown positive outcomes from one week to two months post treatment. Further research is being conducted to assess the potential benefits of using TMS for other disorders associated with brain-related injuries.