TMS Therapy in Southern California

At Neuro Wellness Spa, we have many therapies are available to guide our guests on their journey to a healthier life. This journey always begins with a healthy mind.

 

There are many stressors a person must deal with on a daily basis. They result in mental health challenges ranging from anxiety and depression, to conditions like Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Many medical treatments for these issues are available. But alternative methods have become recognized and popularized for use.

 

The cornerstone treatment at Neuro Wellness Spa for people handling anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues is Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation therapy (TMS). We have been offering TMS since 2009. It has since become one of our most successful treatments. We schedule regular appointments for TMS treatment.

 

This alternative method has led many to a healthier mind, and healthier life. If you’re struggling with stressors, learn more about TMS and how it can help here. Then, contact us – let’s get you started with TMS relief.

WHAT IS TRANSCRANIAL MAGNETIC STIMULATION (TMS) THERAPY?

TMS safely treats symptoms of anxiety and depression. It relies on the use of magnetic energy. This stimulates parts of the brain affected by mental health disorders. 

 

It began as a treatment option for non-responsive depression. Since, it has grown to include other disorders as well. However, it remains a depression alternative treatment option for many people. The Neuro Wellness Spa is one of the top providers of TMS therapy.

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Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Machine at the NeuroWellness Spa.

TMS is both non-invasive and non-systemic. It has fewer side effects than other treatments. In some cases, no side effects at all. Other treatments rely on deep brain stimulation or vagus nerve stimulation. Unlike those treatments, TMS does not require electrode implantation or surgery. It will not cause seizures or require the use of anesthesia sedation. In fact, TMS will not affect cognitive function. Patients can go about daily activities following treatment. 

 

At our office, we show you exactly how the process works before your first session. When you make an appointment, you’ll see in person how TMS looks, and feels. 

What Is Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Therapy? 

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TMS safely treats symptoms of anxiety and depression. It relies on the use of magnetic energy. This stimulates parts of the brain affected by mental health disorders. 

 

It began as a treatment option for non-responsive depression. Since, it has grown to include other disorders as well. However, it remains a depression alternative treatment option for many people. The Neuro Wellness Spa is one of the top providers of TMS therapy. 

TMS is both non-invasive and non-systemic. It has fewer side effects than other treatments. In some cases, no side effects at all. Other treatments rely on deep brain stimulation or vagus nerve stimulation. Unlike those treatments, TMS does not require electrode implantation or surgery. It will not cause seizures or require the use of anesthesia sedation. In fact, TMS will not affect cognitive function. Patients can go about daily activities following treatment. 

 

At our office, we show you exactly how the process works before your first session. When you make an appointment, you’ll see in person how TMS looks, and feels. 

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Machine at the NeuroWellness Spa.

How Does TMS Therapy Work?

TMS uses magnets to provide energy stimulants. These magnets target parts of the brain. A trained administrator identifies the ideal magnet placement and dose of energy for each treatment. 

 

Magnetic fields are concentrated to activate sluggish or dormant parts of the brain. The goal is to target and reach the right nerve cells. This involves the prefrontal cortex, which houses the areas responsible for mood control and depression.

 

The stimulation acts as an alleviating factor for the psychiatric disorder. The patient finds reprieve from the symptoms. The biology behind TMS’s success is not completely understood. But the stimulation works on any part of the brain struggling. Symptoms ease and mood tends to improve. 

 

At Neuro Wellness Spa, we offer TMS as an outpatient procedure. We advise patients through several sessions to guarantee results – contact us to get started.

History of TMS Therapy

The FDA approved TMS in 2008. A year later, it joined the list of therapy options at Neuro Wellness Spa. Since then, the alternative treatment option has grown across the United States, and even around the world. The devices used in the treatment are FDA approved as well, and there are currently five approved devices in circulation.  

 

While the official history may have been marked by this FDA approval, the principles of the treatment can be connected back to 1881. An English physicist, Michael Faraday, observed an electric current that passed through a wire coil and created a magnetic field. He learned that by controlling the rate of change in that magnetic field, a secondary current is inducted in another conductor. Those magnetic fields can pass through the skull with little resistance. Therefore, we can induce currents in specific cortical areas. These observations would shape the advancement of TMS treatment in the decades that followed.

 

Over a century later, scientist Anthony Barker and collaborators constructed the first Transcranial magnetic brain stimulator. The journey involved different evolutionary models that experimented with coil placement, coil capacity/design, prescribed protocols like duration, and FDA indicators. 

 

Over time, the devices were tested and ran successfully. These tests resulted in mass production and business interest. With each successful clinical trial and patient session, the opportunity for advancement continued to grow. TMS became the forefront for exploring brain and neurobiology functions. 

 

Thanks to clinical trials, increased research, and brain mapping, we are able to provide this alternative method to our own clients in Southern California.

We accept insurance from the following providers. Most out of network (PPO) insurance policies also accepted.

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON TMS THERAPY

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Why Choose TMS Therapy?

The initial response for mental health treatment is with psychiatric medications and therapy. In many cases, psychiatric medication does not prove to be effective. The severity of side effects from medication can drive people away from medication. 

 

Because TMS is FDA-approved, it has been proven as an alternative to medication. Medication has proven to not be right for everyone. TMS might be a better option. 

 

Neuro Wellness Spa is able to discuss treatment options with you. We can discuss if you’re a suitable candidate for TMS in depth – contact us today to get started on your treatment plan.

Effectiveness of TMS Therapy

Since 2009, Neuro Wellness Spa has found a remission rate of 82% in treating patients through TMS for depression. The numbers are great. But the positive effect of this treatment on a patient’s life cannot be captured in numbers.

 

Depression is a chronic illness. There is no cure. That means remission is not for life. Data shows about 15% of patients see a relapse into depression in the first year after treatment. TMS is a sustainable treatment option to combat this relapse. Remission periods will depend on certain factors.

 

Remission factors include:

  • Diet
  • Exercise
  • Continued therapy
  • Severity of illness
  • Lifestyle
  • Continued use of medication if needed

 

At Neuro Wellness Spa, we strive towards 100% satisfaction after sessions. We welcome clients who are experiencing a relapse after treatment to make another appointment and begin again. If you’re currently in a depression relapse, we’re ready to treat you. Call to make an appointment today.

Side Effects of TMS Therapy

TMS does not have the same side effects as a systemic treatment. The brain is treated directly. Unlike medication, it does not enter the bloodstream. Without an invasive procedure or use of anesthesia, there are no effects on cognitive function.

 

Overall, patients tolerate TMS treatment very well. A common side effect might be a headache following the first few sessions. This is the result of neuron stimulations. This can occur if the neurons have not been utilized during the depressive phase. There could also be slight discomfort at the site of stimulation, lightheadedness, or even spasms and twitching of facial muscles. With every session, these symptoms lessen and eventually disappear.

 

Serious side effects are rare. They depend on other factors, such as certain mental health issues not treated through TMS. Possible serious side effects include mania, hearing loss, or seizures. The mania tends to be triggered in people with bipolar disorder who undergo TMS therapy.

 

At Neuro Wellness Spa, we take care of all of our clients during each session. We monitor how their body is responding to treatment. If the treatment is not working, we stop sessions and find an alternative that’s suited for our client. Contact us today to learn more about the TMS process and how it might feel for your body.

Does TMS Only Work with Depression?

As mentioned before, TMS therapy has been proven to help treat anxiety as well. Currently TMS is also used to combat cognitive decline, alleviate chronic pain, and treat autism. 

 

TMS is still in an extensive research phase. It can be used to diagnostically test connections between the skeletal muscle and neurological system. This determines the progression of different diseases and potential damage. It is particularly useful for movement disorders, stroke, multiple sclerosis, and motor neuron diseases. Over time, more research discoveries will lead to the expansion of TMS therapy treatment options.

 

You might have a condition that can be treated with TMS. To find out if Neuro Wellness Spa can help with your symptoms or disorder, contact us.

Preparing for TMS Therapy

Prior to TMS therapy, a patient would take part in a psychiatric and physical exam. Since this is an alternative treatment option, a patient should be able to show proof of attempts at treatment through depressive medication or counseling. 

 

With the use of magnets in this therapy, it is important to disclose implanted or metal medical devices. The magnets may interfere with the function of devices like:

  • Pacemakers
  • Stents
  • Cochlear implants
  • Electrodes monitoring brain activity
  • Aneurysm clip/coil
  • Bullet fragments

 

You’ll have an appointment to discuss physical and mental history with your provider. This is the opportune time to disclose important medical history. In addition to interference from the above listed devices, there are other elements to report. These include a family or personal history of seizures, other medications, frequency of headaches, and any other severe medical issue. 

 

Have a question about your medical history? Get in touch with us.

What to Expect During TMS Treatment

This outpatient procedure takes place in a doctor’s office. FDA has certain requirements around the number of sessions a person should have if using TMS to combat depression. This normally involves 36 daily appointments, 5 days a week over a period of 4 to 6 weeks. After the initial period, there will be 6 taper sessions. All of these sessions last somewhere between 18 to 24 minutes. 

 

During the session, an electromagnetic coil is placed on the skin on the scalp. You will feel this close to the forehead. That coil discharges magnetic pulses to stimulate nerve cells in the prefrontal cortex. This is done continuously throughout the session with intermittent pulses.

 

In the first appointment, you can expect to be taken to a treatment room. From there, the process begins. The administrator conducts mapping to determine the level of magnetic energy that will be necessary. You determine the threshold – so pay attention to when you reach the threshold by noting if your hands or fingers begin to twitch. This serves as an indicator that you have found the right level of magnetic energy for treatment. 

 

At Neuro Wellness Spa, we understand you might be nervous about experiencing TMS for the first time. We can make you feel more comfortable by answering any lingering questions you may have – make an appointment with our office.

Neuro Wellness Spa offers many different types of therapies; however, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation therapy (TMS) has been the cornerstone treatment used for people suffering from depression, anxiety, and other treatable mental disorders at our office since 2009.

TMS REMISSION RATES FOR DEPRESSION

Neuro Wellness Spa currently boasts an 82% remission rate in treating patients with otherwise treatment resistant depression. These patients have shown improvements in each area of their depressive symptomology, measured objectively throughout the course of their treatment.

 

The statistics are impressive, but the influence of treatment on patients’ lives is infinite.

HOW LONG DO THE AFFECTS OF TMS LAST?

As Depression is considered a Chronic Illness, unfortunately there is not a “Cure” at this time. Thus, any patient getting TMS treatment should not expect the remission they achieve at Neuro Wellness Spa to last forever. However, our data suggests that only 15% of patients in remission after completion of treatment will have a depressive relapse within the first year. Thus, TMS is a very durable treatment in comparison to alternatives. If a patient is to relapse, the need for the full course of treatment is not necessary. A patient can generally come in for booster sessions (5-10) to once again, achieve remission.

 

Length of remission depends on various factors after the completion including: severity of illness, lifestyle, continued therapy, exercise, diet, and continued use of a well-tolerated therapeutic dose of a medication.

 

We have treated patients in 2009 that are still in remission to this day! Thus, we expect that TMS will have lasting effects on any of our new patients’ lives!

SIDE EFFECTS OF TMS THERAPY

Since TMS is non-systemic, it does not carry the same side effects that one may experience in taking medication. We directly treat the area of the brain known to be associated with depression opposed to medication that must be ingested into the blood stream prior to reaching these areas. TMS is also non-invasive, meaning it does not require general anesthesia and will not lead to cognitive impairment like in other treatments such as ECT.

 

TMS is a VERY tolerated treatment. The most common side effect would be a headache after the first few treatments. The headache is a result of the stimulation of neurons that haven’t been utilized in patients suffering with depression. Its like getting sore after exercising for the first time in a year.

TMS THERAPY TREATMENT PROCESS

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When you arrive for your first TMS session, you will initially be greeted by a trained TMS technician.

They will then lead you to your treatment room, where you will rest on a comfortable chair that has the ability to both recline and elevate your legs. You will be fitted for a cap that the treating psychiatrist will use to mark your TMS treatment areas. You will wear this cap for every TMS treatment.

The treating psychiatrist will then come in and use the TMS machine to locate your proper treatment area, in addition to finding your motor threshold.

Based on your psychiatric history, the treating psychiatrist will also decide the type of TMS treatment and which side the coil attached to the TMS machine should be placed in order to provide the most effective treatment for your needs.

After, the treating psychiatrist finds the proper placement and answers any additional questions you may have.

Your TMS technician will then prepare you for your first full treatment. Generally, we allow between 18 and 30 minutes for each session, depending on the type of TMS treatment the psychiatrist prescribes. The technician will then make sure you feel as comfortable as possible, situating the chair to your liking and offering blankets and water.

Each treatment room is equipped with a flat screen TV connected to our Neuro Wellness Spa Netflix account.

Where you can choose from a variety of TV shows, movies, or meditative scenery to watch during your treatment. You may also choose to use your phone or iPad, or you may use the time to meditate; however, it is important that you do not sleep during the treatment as it may decrease the efficacy. If you prefer, the technician will offer you earplugs, but they are not required. In order to ensure that your head doesn't move during treatment, a pillow behind you will then be wrapped around the sides of your head.

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Once you are comfortable, the TMS technician will place the TMS coil on your head in the space that the psychiatrist has marked and will start your treatment.

If at any time you require a break, feel pain, or believe the coil may have accidentally moved, your TMS technician can pause your treatment to make sure you are comfortable.

Alternative to Antidepressant Drugs – Try TMS 

Many people find reprieve with prescription medication for depression or anxiety. However, others experience mental health issues resistant to medication. This creates a need for alternative treatment and care options – like TMS. With durable, long-lasting treatment options, TMS patients find results not achievable with traditional approaches. 

 

Research shows 1 in 10 Americans utilize some form of antidepressant medication. However, antidepressant medications are not effective for everyone. In fact, studies have shown a 67% response to medication versus a 33% placebo response for people with depression.

 

If medication fails, people often try a second or even third medication option. Others find unbearable side effects. Some of these include: 

  • Nausea
  • Weight gain
  • Constipation
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Insomnia
  • Fatigue
  • Cognitive impairment through medication options

 

This is where TMS therapy comes in. When traditional medication fails, alternative treatments like TMS become a great choice. 

 

The Neuro Wellness Spa data shows over 93% of patients have had positive responses to treatment since 2009. Some experienced headaches when first starting treatment. However, most report no other adverse effects. 

 

Patients are awake and comfortable during the procedure and able to return to their daily activities following the session. Since FDA recognition, many health insurance providers have opted to provide coverage for TMS therapy. 

 

At Neuro Wellness Spa, we work with insurance companies to get our clients covered for their TMS recovery therapy. Contact us today to find out if your insurance will cover TMS.

Future of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Therapy: Advances Since 2009 

Over time, the history of TMS therapy has grown through a few hallmark advances in treatment methods. From the humble beginnings in 1881 to now, there have been several notable advancements: 

 

  • Efficiency & Speed. As the device technology increases in sophistication, the patient treatment times have decreased. Now, more patients can utilize treatment throughout the day with more appointments available. 

 

In August 2018, speed and efficiency were greatly enhanced as the FDA approved a new protocol for the MagVita TMS Therapy System. Patients are able to conduct treatment as an outpatient in under an hour and return to daily activities following the therapy session. 

 

  • Expanded Research. Growth outside of depression therapy is important as the research and clinical trials expand for TMS. This opens up the benefits of TMS to a wider population. The FDA recently approved the BrainswayTM Deep TMS System specifically for OCD. The reviews and controlled trials indicate the development of further FDA protocols as other mental health disorder treatment options are explored. 

 

These major developments play into the future of TMS therapy. With every new development and successful clinical trial, TMS becomes a more viable route to treat depression, anxiety, and so more. 

 

Now, it is easier than ever to set up and an appointment – try TMS at our office by getting in touch with one of our professionals.

Start Your Journey Towards Relief Today – With TMS

As an established practice in the Southern California area, Neuro Wellness Spa has a history of excellent recovery and retention.

 

Curious to see how TMS is an alternative to your mental health treatments? Call today and schedule an appointment! The experts at Neuro Wellness Spa are happy to help on your journey to a healthier life. 

 

Ready to start your journey towards relief from symptoms that prevent you from enjoying your life? Get in touch with us today.

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HOW DOES TMS THERAPY FEEL?

At Neuro Wellness Spa, we use a TMS device produced by MagVenture, which is a medical device company specializing in non-invasive magnetic stimulation systems. Once the coil is placed on your head, the TMS technician will then begin your treatment protocol. Treatments for depression are typically placed on the left side of your head, while treatments for anxiety are placed on the right. When the treatment starts, you will hear a series of clicks with each pulse while you feel a tapping sensation under the coil. The tapping sensation should not be painful, and your TMS technician will make sure that you remain as comfortable as possible during your treatment. Once your session is finished, you may experience a slight headache or some residual feeling from the tapping during your first few sessions, but any side effects from TMS are highly unlikely. After TMS treatment, you are free to continue with your day as usual.

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