OCD TMS Treatment in Southern California

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is a medical procedure that uses magnetic fields to stimulate different areas of the brain. It’s a leading treatment in the psychiatric field, particularly because it’s non-invasive and has a low risk of side effects. Patients simply lie down, have a magnetic coil placed securely on their head, and the magnets begin pulsing. The goal is to stimulate nerve cells in targeted, underperforming regions of the brain. This process is 100% pain free, and the only thing patients need to worry about is having time in their schedule for multiple appointments. Because of its efficacy and non-invasive properties, TMS therapy is now FDA approved.

 

Neuro Wellness Spa is one of the leading clinics in California to offer this procedure. Dr. Martha Koo is the medical director and founder, and was a pioneer in the research towards developing and executing TMS therapy. After graduating from Princeton, completing her residency in psychiatry at UCLA, and working in private practice for over 20 years, Dr. Koo is eager to help patients with OCD across the state. Board Certifications in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine have allowed her to be an active member of multiple professional and highly regarded associations in the field of Psychiatry. She has taken the passion and dedication she poured into researching TMS therapy and wants to give it back to the community.

 

TMS therapy is available at all three of our California clinics. To learn more about TMS therapy for OCD, contact us today on 1-877-847-3984 or use our contact form.

WHAT IS TRANSCRANIAL MAGNETIC STIMULATION (TMS) THERAPY?

TMS safely treats symptoms of ocd, 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 is OCD Treated with TMS?

Researchers don’t have a definitive answer as to why TMS therapy has been shown to effectively curb symptoms of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. One thing that has been shown in research is that people with OCD have parts of their brain that aren’t performing properly. This is most commonly shown as the frontal lobe not communicating effectively with deeper structures and preventing the neurotransmitter serotonin from being sent throughout the brain. This procedure is a viable alternative for patients who haven’t found success with therapy, medication, or other traditional treatments.

 

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation targets stagnant parts of the brain to stimulate specific cells. For patients with OCD, the magnetic pulses are directed towards areas that trained professionals have determined would be the most helpful. This would typically have to do with the structures typically seen malfunctioning in patients with OCD, like the frontal lobe and deeper parts of the brain.

 

Our patients are shown to have minimal to moderate side effects depending on their reception of the magnetic pulses. Typically, these include mild headaches in the beginning of their sessions, scalp sensitivity, and lightheadedness. It’s important to mention that there has been a small amount of cases where people have suffered from seizures, hearing loss, or increased mania (specifically in patients with Bipolar Disorder). However, these side effects are not common and have not been observed at Neuro Wellness Spa. Patients can expect to come for multiple sessions and over time see gradual improvement in their OCD symptoms.

 

If you are interested in TMS therapy for yourself or a loved one suffering with OCD, call Neuro Wellness Spa on 1-877-847-3984 or go to our Contact Us page.

Signs and Symptoms of OCD

OCD has a very clear set of mental and behavioral components. There are two aspects to the illness, obsessions and compulsions. They come in different types and forms, but nonetheless prevent the sufferer from living normally. Obsessions are typically repetitive, intrusive, and sometimes irrational thoughts that cause intense panic or anxiety. Compulsions are physical or mental behaviors that patients perform to alleviate or “fix” the problem their obsession is presenting. Many times, patients don’t realize their behaviors are compulsions, or their thoughts obsessive, until it becomes an overbearing problem.

 

Common obsessions have to do with doubts, unwanted violent or sexual thoughts and images, fear of contamination, need for symmetry, fear of death, and other plenty of others. Compulsions can range anywhere from a logical behavior taken to an unhealthy extreme, like hand washing to feel clean, or irrational impulses like needing to count cracks in the sidewalk perfectly or a family member will die. Patients tend to spend huge amounts of their time dealing with obsessive thoughts and the need to do compulsions. It can be embarrassing, cause social anxiety, and take over a person’s life. While they might seem like quirks or something the person can persevere through, they’re not and the illness needs to be treated by a mental health professional.

What is OCD?

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a mental illness that can have debilitating symptoms that prevent sufferers from functioning normally. While it has traditionally be categorized as an anxiety disorder, recently the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, fifth Edition (DSM-5) created an entirely separate mental disorder category for OCD and OCD-related illnesses. This illness is chronic, but there are a variety of treatments found to be successful in alleviating the symptoms and underlying issues in patients.

 

In summary, OCD is a disorder that causes the sufferer to have obsessive and unwanted thoughts. These thoughts then cause the person to feel a great amount of anxiety and cause them to develop compulsions. Compulsions are the behaviors people with OCD perform to alleviate their anxiety-inducing thoughts. These behaviors can impede on a person’s ability to live their everyday life – for instance, they might obsessively wash their hands or perform other rituals. The most common way to treat OCD is with cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and medications. However, just because these are common treatments and help many people, it doesn’t mean they work for everyone. That’s why alternatives like TMS therapy offer necessary options.

OCD Statistics

While the causes and cures for OCD are still being researched, there are some solidified statistics of OCD. BeyondOCD, a foundation dedicated to raising awareness about the illness, reports that over five million Americans, approximately 1 in 40 adults, have met the DSM-5 criteria for an OCD diagnosis at one point in their life. When it comes to children, it’s been suggested that 1 in 100 will suffer from some form of OCD.

 

However, a stunning discovery in the study showed that one in four American adults, approximately 60 million people, have experienced obsessions or compulsions at some point in their life. That’s essentially a quarter of the country’s population. OCD doesn’t discriminate, and it isn’t limited to one country, race, gender, or economic class. In fact, the World Health Organization placed OCD in a list of the top 20 causes of diseases caused by illness in the entire world. It’s a serious condition experienced by many around the world.

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If you or someone you care about is suffering from OCD, professional mental health care is strongly recommended. The disorder can be debilitating, and you or your loved one deserve to live a happy and fulfilling life.

 

You might have tried seeking treatments that just haven’t worked, but there’s no need to give up hope. Even if you feel like you’ve run out of options, there is something out there that is right for you.

 

TMS therapy could be the solution to your problems, and we at Neuro Wellness Spa want to provide you with it. If you’re interested in getting an FDA approved, psychologist and psychiatrist recommended, and potentially side effect free treatment for OCD, get in touch with us today to make an appointment for TMS therapy. We can’t wait to help you on your journey to a happier life!

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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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