Can tDCS Improve Memory?
- What Is tDCS
Let me start with a bit about tDCS before I go into the Omni Stimulator kit & what it did for me. The functioning of the entire nervous system and the brain itself is based on the ability of the nerve cells to produce, propagate, and transmit the electrical current of a very small voltage. You can consider the nervous system as a highly integrated net of fibers communicating with each other and building new connections constantly, from the embryonic period until death. There is no pause for your brain, even when you sleep!
Giving that even during ancient times the philosophers were aware of the electrical nature of the brain functioning, there were many attempts to apply electrical current to the brain in order to achieve improvement in mental illnesses, headaches, memory, etc. In ancient Rome, a physician Scribonius Largus suggested placing a live torpedo fish on top of the head in order to eliminate headache. Later on, some scientists have tried using catfish to cure epilepsy. During the past century, the growing knowledge about the brain physiology on one side and about electromagnetism on the other side, contributed to the development of many techniques for delivering the electrical current to the brain in order to treat different disorders.
Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) is a modern, and so far the most sophisticated version of brain stimulation. It has been designed to deliver precisely controlled electrical current of a very small voltage to the specific regions of the brain. The current is delivered by placing electrodes on the surface of the scalp, so it is a completely safe and non-invasive method. The areas for tDCS and the voltages are precisely defined and adjusted for the specific purposes. Transcranial DCS can help you improve memory, boost learning abilities, and it can also be used in the treatment of various mental and neurological disorders, such as depression, anxiety, Parkinson’s disease, and Alzheimer’s disease. The Omni Stimulator is currently one of the best and most affordable choices on the market.
- How Can A tDCS Kit Help You Improve Memory
Various studies have confirmed that tDCS can improve memory and cognition, both in healthy individuals and in persons with neurodegenerative disorders. Furthermore, by changing the way you use tDCS, you can improve different types of memory. For example, anodal stimulation of the prefrontal cortex (the most frontal part of the brain) results in working memory improvement. On the other hand, the stimulation of the same part of the brain during the night sleep improves declarative memory. The declarative memory is a type of long-term memory that includes the facts and events which you can consciously recall (declare). Furthermore, tDCS has been shown to improve selective attention. It increases the focus on the subject you want to focus on without splitting your attention. That is very important for creating long-term memory records in your brain and converting short-term into the long-term memory. In one of the studies, healthy participants were subjected to prefrontal anodal stimulation with tDCS, and besides improving their memory and cognition, it also lowered their reaction time – the time needed to recall and reproduce the learned content. The same study investigated the effects of tDCS on memory improvement in patients with cognitive impairment, and the results were astonishing. Although the mechanism by which this brain stimulation causes memory improvement is not yet fully investigated, there is a growing pool of evidence of its efficiency.
- How You Use It
As mentioned before, the Omni Stimulator is one of the best choices among tDCS devices on the market, due to its precise calibration, high quality features, and low cost. Another very important thing is ease of use. Namely, in comparison to other devices, the “Omni” has simplified the adjustment and use of the device to the degree that anyone can understand it effortlessly. The Omni stimulator consists of the voltage regulation device, which is adjusted with great precision, a pair of special cables, two sponge electrodes, and a headband to keep the sponge electrodes in the right place. That is all you need!
The placement is very easy. For memory and cognition enhancement, you want to apply the electrodes to the areas of the scalp according to the manual you will get with the device. Soak the sponges first with the saline solution and attach the cable clips to the sponges. After placing the sponges on the scalp, fixate them with the headband and adjust the device according to the information from the manual. The recommended duration of stimulation is also specified in the manual, and it is in accordance with the recommendations derived from large scientific studies. In most cases the range is between 10 and 40 minutes, depending on the indications for use.
- Some Other People’s Results and Information
An increasing number of individuals have placed very good reviews on the efficacy of the Omni device. Besides on the company’s website, there are comments on various health forums. If you want more scientific information about the Omni device and tDCS in general, gathered from experiences of several hundreds of users, you can check the references below.
Benefits that others reported were improved cognition, better memory, greater ability to gather the higher amount of information, and they have noticed the ability to handle multiple tasks much easier than before. During the first few weeks of use, the effects were short-term, and disappeared several hours after the stimulation, but the users have reported longer-lasting effects after several weeks of regular use of the Omni stimulator.
- Your Personal Results
Being a young doctor, I was both very intrigued and skeptic about tDCS technique. That is why I have done a research using every possible scientific source I could find before deciding to buy the device. When I was convinced that this technique is really working, then I had to make the decision which device to purchase. There were several manufacturers, but the Omni stood out for many reasons. First, as I investigated the structure of the device, I noticed that they succeeded to implement the safety measures, which is very important for all users. I have actually performed tests by measuring the current coming out of the electrodes continuously, and neither proximity of the laptop or my cellphone had any impact on the current.
My personal experience with the Omni Stimulator tDCS kit was great. I have been using it for 6 months regularly according to recommendations for memory and cognition improvement. I must say that I wish I had this device during my studies. After one week of use, I noticed that my attention was much better while being involved in any activity. It has helped me to focus on a particular task and I think that contributed to the better memorizing of all the information related to that task.
When you are a doctor and you have too many patients with their histories, there is no chance that you can memorize everything. After a couple of weeks of using the Omni device, I was astonished by the fact that I actually could remember the important facts from a patient’s history just by hearing the name of the patient. That really reflected well on my work, as I didn’t need to go through the whole patient’s history every time they visit.
Now I am even better. Before purchasing the Omni stimulator, the job was the only thing I did, and it often made me very tired and exhausted. Now I work even more, but I also find the time to read, watch movies, hang out with friends, and enjoy my hobbies. It is really amazing how attention is important in everything we do, and I consider the tDCS and the Omni device as one of the first steps towards expanding our mental skills using technology.
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Omni Stimulator wishes to point out that their product is not a medical device nor does it make any medical claims.