What is transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) therapy?
A different way to treat depression, anxiety, OCD and more.
Safe, effective and comfortable.
What’s Involved in TMS Therapy?
Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) uses gentle magnetic pulses to stimulate specific areas of the brain responsible for mood. TMS is non-invasive (does not require surgery), non-systemic (does not affect the entire body) and well-tolerated. TMS therapy can be used alone, or in conjunction with talk therapy and medication.
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 deliver gentle pulses to specific areas of the brain. Patients report that the pulses feel like taps on the head. Each treatment session lasts about 20 minutes, after which patients can immediately return back to their daily routines.
TMS is well tolerated. Sometimes patients experience mild scalp discomfort or mild headache during active treatment. Most patients notice symptom improvement with TMS after 2 weeks of treatment (8-10 sessions).
Have You Tried Other Treatments?
We specialize in the toughest cases of depression, anxiety and other mental health conditions. Many of our patients have had tried multiple treatment methods before finding success with TMS.
Antidepressants and talk therapy aren’t your only option. TMS could be your next step. Unlike medications which can take 6-8 weeks to exert their full effects, most patients experience improvement in 2 weeks with TMS therapy.
Plus, TMS therapy is covered by most insurance, including Aetna, Anthem, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Humana, United Healthcare, and others.
Why Patients Choose TMS Therapy:
Some people with depression and other mental health conditions are able to achieve symptom remission with medication. However, it may take up to 10 weeks after starting an antidepressant to notice improvement, and even then, symptom improvement only occurs in about one third of patients.
Other patients prefer not to use medications. Because TMS is non-invasive, non-systemic and has fewer side effects than medications, many people including those who are pregnant or breastfeeding choose TMS over other treatment options.
Research shows 1 in 10 Americans utilize some form of antidepressant medication. However, antidepressant medications are not effective and tolerable for everyone. Side effects of antidepressants may include:
- Weight gain
- Sexual dysfunction
What Experts Say About TMS:
Extensive research and highly-effective treatment outcomes have greatly contributed to several notable publications about TMS:
- Mayo Clinic. “Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a noninvasive procedure that uses magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in the brain to improve symptoms of depression. TMS is typically used when other depression treatments haven’t been effective.” Read More.
- WebMD “TMS, in particular, is not only effective, but also very safe and well-tolerated by patients.” Read More.
- Johns Hopkins “rTMS has been shown to be a safe and well-tolerated procedure that can be an effective treatment for patients with depression who have not benefitted from antidepressant medications or cannot tolerate antidepressant medications due to side-effects.” Read More.
- Harvard Health “What can people with depression do when they do not respond to first-line treatments? … For those individuals and the many others who have had an inadequate response to medications and therapy alone, there is a newer treatment option called transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS).” Read More.
- Ted Talk For over 25 years, magnets have been used to stimulate the brain to investigate how nerve cells are connected in the brain. Michelle McDonnell explored how we might treat these conditions using transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and if TMS treatments really work. Watch Now.
- Dr. Oz Dr. Oz investigates Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), a groundbreaking therapy for depression that’s both noninvasive and FDA-approved. Could this work for you? Watch Part 1. Watch Part 2.
- American Psychological Association. TMS has become a promising treatment alternative for the estimated 30 percent to 50 percent of people with depression who don’t respond sufficiently to antidepressant medications. Read More.
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Why Choose TMS Therapy?
For many years, the initial response to mental health treatment has been psychiatric medications and therapy. Although these conventional treatments can be effective, they don’t work for everyone and medications can take weeks or months to exert their full effects. If you’re experiencing symptoms, unwanted side effects, or if you want to supplement your current treatments, you might consider TMS.
Unlike other treatments, TMS is non-invasive (does not require surgery) and non-systemic (does not affect the entire body). TMS is covered by most insurance and has fewer side effects than other treatments, or in some cases, no side effects at all. TMS therapy is an FDA-cleared treatment that can be used alone or in conjunction with medication. TMS uses using gentle magnetic pulses to treat specific areas of the brain known to be underactive in conditions affecting mental health and cognition. Unlike medications, which affect the entire body, TMS therapy treats mental health at the source.
Effectiveness of TMS Therapy
TMS is a safe, highly effective and FDA-cleared treatment option for depression, OCD and cigarette cessation. Since 2009, over 70% of Neuro Wellness Spa patients have experienced symptom relief with TMS therapy. Although many mental health conditions are chronic, TMS helps patients achieve remission. Length of remission depends on many factors including:
- Severity of illness
The goal of mental health treatment is to achieve full remission. Patients should not tolerate lingering symptoms or unwanted side effects. TMS is an effective treatment alternative to medication and therapy that helps patients feel all the way better.
Side Effects of TMS Therapy
Transcranial magnetic stimulation has far fewer side effects than antidepressant medications. With more than 10,000 treatments performed in clinical trials, the most common side effect was temporary and mild scalp discomfort during active treatment. Unlike medications, which affect the entire body as they pass through the blood-brain barrier, TMS therapy treats the brain directly.
Does TMS Only Work With Depression?
Since its FDA clearance in 2008 for depression and 2018 for OCD and cigarette cessation, TMS is also be a promising treatment for a range of other conditions affecting mental health and cognition. Notably, TMS therapy is a safe and effective treatment for anxiety, cognitive decline and migraine.
What to Expect During TMS Treatment
TMS is an outpatient procedure. Patients recline in a private treatment room and may relax, read, work, or watch television during treatment. A TMS magnet is positioned over the patient’s head to deliver gentle magnetic pulses to stimulate specific areas of the brain. Each treatment sessions lasts about 20 minutes, after which patients can get back to their days right away, including work or school.
Unlike electroconvulsive therapy or ECT, TMS therapy is non-invasive and non-sedating. TMS does not involve electrode implantation or the use of anesthesia. TMS treatment sessions take place in our private centers. Patients can drive themselves to and from treatment. There is no downtime, so patients can go about daily activities immediately following treatment. TMS treatment does not cause seizures nor affect cognitive function, it has fewer side effects than other treatments, and in some cases, no side effects at all.
What about insurance?
Transcranial magnetic stimulation therapy for depression is FDA-cleared and covered by most insurance including Aetna, Anthem, Blue Shield, Optum, MHN/Healthnet, Tricare, Cigna, Magellan and Beacon and more. Our phenomenal clinical team is always available to help prospective patients understand their coverage options. We know how important it is that those seeking help are able to get the treatment they need. Not to mention, at Neuro Wellness Spa, we handle all the paperwork.
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36 treatment sessions of TMS, typically conducted over 9 weeks
3-minute TMS using theta-burst technology
Six Day Accelerated TMS
36 treatment sessions of TMS conducted in six days
TMS plus Photobiomodulation
Combines TMS and low-level light therapy also known as photobiomudulation (PBM) therapy
TMS plus IV Ketamine
Combines TMS and IV ketamine
TMS plus IV Nutrition
Combines TMS and IV nutrition
It’s Almost Indescribable
It felt like a weight or a fog had lifted. Every area of my life turned around. I feel better, my sleep and my relationships are better. It’s almost indescribable.
TMS Changed Everything
I was so low energy and TMS changed everything. Now, I look forward to starting my days. My focus has improved. I appreciate things I couldn’t even notice before
Wish I Had Been Aware of This Years Ago
After about ten treatments, people started asking me what changed and why I seemed so much happier. It’s been over 3 months since my treatments ended and my symptoms have not returned.
I Feel Like I Have Come Alive Again
TMS allowed me to get over the initial hump to make the life changes necessary to live with and manage my depression.
My Brain Is In A Better Place
I’m two or three months past my last MeRT treatment, and I can honestly say my brain is in a better place than it was before. The emotional highs and lows I was living with have been stabilized. My cognition took off during that period and it hasn’t slowed down since.
He’s Been More Talkative and Engaged
After just two weeks of MeRT treatment, our son’s mood is brighter. He’s been more talkative and engaged with our family.
The MeRT Technology Saved My Life
I went from dependence on opioids, SSRI’s, Benzes and sleep meds to clear in less than 6 weeks. The MeRT technology saved my life.
We Got Our Son Back
After eight weeks of MeRT treatments, he’s now much more verbal and much happier. He started communicating with us and making jokes. And he has a love of music we didn’t even know about. We got our son back.
Ketamine Therapy Changed My Life
My life has completely changed. I experienced so much growth during the entire treatment process. I think I grew more in those six months than I had during my entire life. My therapist even said she had never seen such incredible progress with my PTSD in such a short amount of time.
For more information about the services we offer or whether TMS treatment is covered by your insurance provider, contact us today.
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TMS Therapy is an FDA cleared treatment for depression, OCD and cigarette cessation that has also shown to be effective for a range of conditions affecting mental health and cognition. Based on your responses, you may want to speak with a health care provider to ask about your symptoms and treatment options.
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