14 Mar When Medication Doesn’t Cut it, TMS Battles Depression
Although medications and behavioral therapies are treatment options for depression, 50% of patients still experience depressive symptoms after undergoing these conventional treatments.
Approximately 70% of Neuro Wellness Spa patients experience symptom remission with transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). TMS is a well-tolerated and highly effective approach to symptom relief for those with depression.
How Does TMS Therapy Work?
Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is indicated and FDA-cleared for the treatment of depression. TMS uses magnetic pulses to stimulate the parts of the brain responsible for mood regulation. Each magnetic pulse passes through the skull and into the brain to stimulate the brain cells underlying the treatment coil.
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.
What Are Patients Saying About TMS?
What Should Patients Expect During TMS Treatment?
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 pulses to specific areas of the brain responsible for mood regulation. 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 during treatment or mild headache after treatment. Typically, patients receive TMS five days per week for 4-6 weeks. Most patients start experiencing positive results to TMS after 2 weeks of treatment (8-10 sessions).
Does TMS Only Work for Depression?
Since its FDA clearance in 2008 for depression and 2018 for OCD, numerous studies have suggested TMS may also be a promising treatment for a broad range of other psychiatric conditions. Notably, TMS is also a safe and effective treatment option for anxiety, cognitive impairment and addiction relapse prevention.
Is TMS for Depression Covered by Insurance?
TMS is FDA-indicated for treatment resistant depression. Most patients who have tried and failed antidepressants will receive coverage for TMS treatment. We accept insurance from the following providers. Most out of network (PPO) insurance policies are also accepted.