Movement Disorders

Mark Hallett, Alfredo Berardelli

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This article focuses on the potential therapeutic uses of transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) in movement disorders. The brain can be stimulated with low levels of direct electrical current, called direct current polarization (tDCS). High-frequency repetitive TMS might increase brain excitability and be used for therapy in Parkinson's disease. Single sessions with TMS, however, have not proven to be very effective. Treatment with tDCS has been performed in some open studies with some success, but these results need confirmation. Physiological findings in dystonia reveal a decrease in intracortical inhibition. There have been a few studies of patients with Tourette's syndrome with mixed results. To date, clinical results with TMS in movement disorders have been mixed, and more work will be needed to clarify the potential clinical role of TMS.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOxford Handbook of Transcranial Stimulation
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Print)9780191744013, 9780198568926
Publication statusPublished - Nov 21 2012


  • Brain excitability
  • Direct current polarization
  • Dystonia
  • Movement disorders
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Therapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)


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