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What is Theta Burst Stimulation AKA 3 Minute Express TMS?

NEURO WELLNESS SPA

3-MINUTE EXPRESS TMS

What is Theta Burst Stimulation AKA 3 Minute Express TMS?

THETA BURST STIMULATION EXPRESS TMS

Time flies when you’re having fun. Not surprisingly, the opposite holds true as well. For those suffering from depression, the passage of time has been likened to watching paint dry. Time is mind numbing when each day is spent waiting to feel better. Sadness, fatigue, and indecisiveness feel impossible to shake. Often, depression weighs so heavily it can be difficult to get out of bed.

 

Weeks go by waiting for newly prescribed antidepressants to take effect. Once sufficient time has passed, usually three to four weeks, even more time is spent tapering off the ineffective medication. Then, the maddening cycle repeats itself, until now. There is a new method of treatment upsetting this stubborn depression/failed medication cycle: Express TMS. And, it can take less than five minutes each day!

TMS Therapy and Alzheimer's Disease

THETA BURST STIMULATION EXPRESS TMS

TMS Therapy and Alzheimer's Disease

Time flies when you’re having fun. Not surprisingly, the opposite holds true as well. For those suffering from depression, the passage of time has been likened to watching paint dry. Time is mind numbing when each day is spent waiting to feel better. Sadness, fatigue, and indecisiveness feel impossible to shake. Often, depression weighs so heavily it can be difficult to get out of bed.

 

Weeks go by waiting for newly prescribed antidepressants to take effect. Once sufficient time has passed, usually three to four weeks, even more time is spent tapering off the ineffective medication. Then, the maddening cycle repeats itself, until now. There is a new method of treatment upsetting this stubborn depression/failed medication cycle: Express TMS. And, it can take less than five minutes each day!

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation

A BRIEF HISTORY OF TMS

Over the past 10 years, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) has emerged as a leading method for treating depression that has not responded well to medications. TMS is a noninvasive treatment with few side effects. Patients experience relief from symptoms and, in most cases, full remission. TMS treatments typically last 20-45 minutes, and patients receive an average of 30 treatments. Recently, the FDA approved a new form of TMS called intermittent theta-burst stimulation (iTBS), which is often referred to as Express TMS “three minute TMS” because it takes just that, three minutes over the same average of 30 total treatments!

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation

A BRIEF HISTORY OF TMS

Over the past 10 years, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) has emerged as a leading method for treating depression that has not responded well to medications. TMS is a noninvasive treatment with few side effects. Patients experience relief from symptoms and, in most cases, full remission. TMS treatments typically last 20-45 minutes, and patients receive an average of 30 treatments. Recently, the FDA approved a new form of TMS called intermittent theta-burst stimulation (iTBS), which is often referred to as Express TMS “three minute TMS” because it takes just that, three minutes over the same average of 30 total treatments!

WHAT MAKES THETA BURST TMS DIFFERENT?

THETA BURST TMS IS FASTER

All forms of TMS deliver magnetic pulses to the brain to stimulate cells in brain area’s responsible for mood regulation. The difference between traditional TMS and iTBS is the way the magnetic pulses are delivered. TMS delivers waves at a regular, repetitive frequency, whether slow at 1 pulse per second or fast at 10 to 20 pulses per second. Theta burst waves are patterned rather than regular. A typical example of a theta burst would be administering a cluster of three waves 50 pulses per second apart, repeated somewhere between 4 to 8 pulses per second. In other words, a theta burst sends several hundred pulse-groups in a day’s session compared to several thousand pulses sent using standard TMS.

LOW RISK OF SIDE EFFECTS

As with all TMS, sessions are well tolerated and do not require sedation or anesthesia. Watching TV or having a conversation are both common ways of passing the time during treatment. The TMS coil, a large magnet in a plastic casing, is rested against the scalp and a tapping sensation is felt in intervals. A few patients experience a headache following the procedure, but taking acetaminophen or ibuprofen 30 minutes prior to treatment prevents risk of headache.

GREAT SUCCESS RATES

Regardless of the TMS protocol recommended by the attending physician, success rates are similar across the board. Another benefit of TMS is the ability to repeat treatment as needed. As more and more insurance providers offer coverage for this beneficial treatment, availability and popularity continue to increase.

 

Depression steals time away from your life. TMS can help you reclaim it.

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