Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a safe and effective treatment that uses magnetic pulses to stimulate different areas of the brain. TMS is non-invasive (does not require surgery) and non-systemic (does not affect the entire body). It is an extremely effective and well-tolerated treatment for depression, anxiety, and OCD. TMS therapy can be used alone, or in conjunction with other treatment modalities including behavioral therapies and medication. Plus, it’s covered by most insurance. Here’s an inside look at TMS:
Why Haven’t I Heard of TMS Therapy Before?
What Happens During a TMS Treatment Session?
During TMS treatment, patients recline in a treatment chair and remain awake and alert. A TMS magnet is positioned over the patient’s head to stimulate specific areas of the brain responsible for mood regulation. These areas are known to be underactive in those diagnosed with depression and stimulating these areas can improve the brain’s ability to regulate mood.
What is Involved in TMS Treatment? Are There Side Effects?
What Does TMS Feel Like?
Patients report that the TMS pulses feel like taps on the scalp. Sometimes this light tapping sensation to the scalp can feel a bit uncomfortable, but this eventually dissipates as the patient acclimates to treatment. For the few who experience discomfort, TMS technicians have several ways to ensure treatment is tolerable:
- Slightly shifting the angle of magnetic coil to relieve the magnetic force off the facial nerve that is causing discomfort
- Lowering the stimulation intensity to improve comfort until tolerance is built
- Sometimes, the treatment location can be modified
The vast majority of patients do not experience discomfort and acclimate to treatment within the first few treatment sessions. While being treated with TMS, patients may read, work, watch television or speak with their TMS technician. After each session, patients can immediately return back to their daily routines.
Who Is A Typical TMS Patient?
What Have Our Patients Said About TMS?
Interested in TMS?
Neuro Wellness Spa is a leading provider of transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). If you are interested in TMS or have any questions about TMS or any other treatments we offer, we invite you to visit our website or contact us.