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Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Treatment

Updated: Jun 6, 2019

Do you know somebody who is suffering from major depressive disorder or anxiety? Are you worried that their past or existing treatments failed to yield positive results? Then you must talk with them to try about Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) treatment. It is a non-invasive process that uses magnetic fields to stimulate the brain nerve cells and improve the signs of depression.

TMS target the key areas of the brain that are typically under active in people with depression. It stimulates the nerve cells in the brain that are known to control mood. As the magnetic pulses have positive effect on the level of neurotransmitters of the brain, long-term remission is possible.

The process of TMS therapy:

  • The patient reclines comfortably in the treatment chair and a small curved magnetic oil is placed lightly on the their head. This coil will be switched on and off repeatedly to produce stimulating pulses.

  • The NeuroStart sends focused magnetic stimulation to the brain.

  • Patients feel a tapping sensation and a clicking sound on the head during the procedure. But it goes off as soon as the session ends.

  • The doctor decides the amount of magnetic energy needed keeping the patients’ motor threshold in consideration. Though, the amount of stimulation might be changed during the treatment on the basis of the side effects and symptoms.

  • Before receiving the TMS treatment, the doctor’s recommend psychiatric and physical examination to ensure that it is safe for them. It is an in-office treatment and usually takes from 19-37 minutes depending on individual condition and is administered five days a week for a period of 4-6 weeks.

Here are some of the benefits of using TMS:

  • As there are no medicines or drugs involved in this treatment, there aren’t any side effects that are commonly associated with antidepressant medicines. The only side effect associated with this treatment is headache during or after the treatment.

  • As there are no medicines involved patients can immediately resume their normal activities. You can even drive back to home or work after the treatment sessions.

  • Most health insurance plans cover this treatment, including Tricare and Medicare.

Some of the TMS facts are:

  • TMS is a FDA cleared since 2008 and is an effective and safe treatment. It is backed with a number of clinical studies.

  • ​There are hundreds of TMS doctors nationwide who are qualified to deliver the treatment.

  • ​TMS is performed when the patient is fully awake, comfort, and alert in the chair. There is no sedation or anesthesia given during the treatment.

  • To ensure that that patient receives all the benefits of TMS treatment it is imperative to look for a well-known and reliable clinic. Only then you can be sure that you will get the right dose every time. If the treatment is off by just 1 or 2 mm, the 40-50% of the required dosage might be lost.

After the TMS treatment is completed, it is imperative to follow standard care for depression like psychotherapy and medication to ensure that the patients continue to live a long and happy life.

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