What is TMS Therapy?

November 12, 2012

What is TMS Therapy?

TMS therapy can be used to treat depression through stimulation of the part of the brain that affects our mood. It is non-invasive and painless.

TMS therapy; what it is and how it works

NeuroStar TMS therapy is a fairly new treatment for depression currently being used in TMS NeuroHeath Centers and has been fully approved and cleared by the FDA. The letters TMS are an abbreviation for transcranial magnetic stimulation. The procedure is completely non-invasive and is always performed by specially trained technician who will be supervised and supported at all times by a psychiatrist. The individual suffering from a form of depression will be first be analysed and assessed by a medical professional before the specific details of the TMS therapy treatment is decided such as the number and duration of treatments required. The treatment varies depending on the needs of the individual and can be tailored to suit each patient as recommended by one of the centers dedicated and skilled medical health professionals. A typical TMS therapy treatment plan may go as followed:

  • Most individuals will require an average of between 20 and 30 treatment sessions all together.

  • In most cases all treatments will be conducted over a period of approximately 4-6 weeks.

  • Typically each individual will undergo 5 TMS therapy treatment session per week.

  • The length of each treatment session may vary slightly but will normally last around 30-40 minutes.

TMS therapy used advanced technology to perform a completely non-invasive, painless and effective treatment for depression. Highly focused magnetic pulses are directed at the brain and used to stimulate the area that has been found to control our mood. Extensive studies and research has revealed that this specific area of the brain in those who suffer from depression is significantly underactive. TMS therapy stimulates this underactive area causing levels of activity to increase. When activity increases, neurotransmitters are released, which aids in the relief of depression and its accompanying symptoms.

During each treatment session a small magnetic coil will be placed against the head of the patient. The patient will remain completely awake and responsive throughout the TMS therapy session and will be fully able to function properly following the procedure and even able to drive themselves home.

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