There’s more to mental health treatment than medication. Neuro Wellness Spa is a leading provider of transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). TMS is a non-invasive, non-systemic and FDA-cleared treatment that is safe and effective for a range of conditions affecting mental health and cognition. TMS could be your next step.
What is transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) therapy?
How Does TMS Therapy Work?
Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a safe and effective treatment that uses gentle magnetic pulses to stimulate different areas of the brain. 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 other treatment modalities including behavioral therapies 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 scalp. Each treatment session lasts about 30 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).
History of TMS Therapy
TMS was first FDA indicated in 2008 for the treatment of depression. A year later, it joined the list of therapy options offered by Neuro Wellness Spa. From then until now, TMS has been the focus of numerous studies and the number of TMS providers has increased dramatically across the United States, and even around the world.
Although TMS was invented in 1985, the principles behind TMS date back to 1881, when an English physicist, Michael Faraday, observed an electric current passed through a wire coil created a magnetic field. He learned that by controlling the rate of change in that magnetic field, he could induce a secondary current in another conductor. 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. Since its FDA clearance in 2008 for depression and 2018 for OCD and cigarette cessation, TMS may also be a promising treatment for a broad range of other psychiatric conditions.
Neuro Wellness Spa recognizes the benefits that TMS offers. We are here to help.
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
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 30 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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Alternative to Antidepressant Drugs – Try TMS
Some people who suffer from depression 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.
Many people experience symptom relief with medicants, but others may find that their conditions are resistant to medication. For those with treatment resistant mental health disorders, there is a need for alternative treatment options – like TMS. With durable, long-lasting treatment efficacy, TMS is a safe and effective treatment option for those who have not experience satisfactory relief from traditional treatments.
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
At Neuro Wellness Spa, over 93% of patients have experienced noticeable improvement with TMS treatment. Typically, TMS has no side effects. However, some patients report mild scalp discomfort and mild headache during active treatment. During TMS treatment, patients remain awake and alert and are able to return to their daily activities immediately following a treatment session.
Since TMS received FDA indication for depression in 2008 and OCD in 2018, 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
From 1881 until now technological advancements and extensive research has greatly contributed to several notable developments in the application of TMS:
- Efficiency & Speed. As TMS device technology has improved, TMS treatment sessions have become shorter. Theta burst stimulation (TBS), or express TMS, was FDA cleared in 2018. Express TMS uses a 3-minute treatment protocol, whereas standard TMS uses a 20-30-minute protocol. Shorter treatment times have made TMS more accessible and convenient for patients.
- Expanded Research. Since 2008, TMS has been the focus of numerous studies for various mental health disorders. As a result of its efficacy, TMS was indicated and FDA cleared for the treatment of OCD in 2018.
Since its FDA clearance in 2008 for depression and 2018 for OCD, emerging research has suggested TMS may also be a promising treatment for a broad range of psychiatric conditions.
Neuro Wellness Spa recognizes the benefits that TMS offers. Contact us today to learn more about TMS or to schedule a consultation.
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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