What Is TMS Therapy?

How Can It Help Depression

Learn How TMS Therapy Can Help You Beat Your Depression

"The opposite of depression is not happiness, but vitality, and it was vitality that seemed to seep away from me in that moment", this according to writer Andrew Solomon in a TED Talk. If you've been treated for depression, and have not regained the vitality you hoped for, it may be time to consider TMS Therapy as an alternative treatment.

 

What is Transcranial Magnetic stimulation, also known as TMS?

TMS is a process that uses short pulses of a magnetic field to stimulate/modulate nerve cells in the area of the brain thought to control mood. The pulsed magnetic field may have a positive effect on the brain’s neurotransmitter levels. It is similar to an MRI.

Below is a well done video that explains the TMS Therapy process.  This video was developed from the Tennessee TMS Center and we felt it would assist you to get a better idea of what TMS Therapy is and how it works.  TMS Solutions is based in Colorado and we have TMS Centers on both the Eastern and Western Slopes of Colorado and in Spokane, Washington.


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What Is TMS Therapy?

A Google search on "What is TMS?" uses the following Mayo Clinic definiton: "Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is a procedure that uses magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in the brain to improve symptoms of depression. Transcranial magnetic stimulation may be tried when other depression treatments haven't worked."
  • The NeuroStar TMS Therapy System was the first device cleared by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat patients with Major Depression Disorder (MDD), specifically for those who have not benefited from prior antidepressant medication in their current episode.
  • The treatment is typically administered daily for 4-6 weeks, five days a week.
  • TMS Therapy is a non-systemic (meaning nothing is circulating in your bloodstream throughout your body)
  • It is a 37-minute outpatient procedure that is prescribed by a psychiatrist and performed in a psychiatrist’s office, typically by a trained technician or the psychiatrist.
  • TMS Therapy is a noninvasive form of neuromodulation (noninvasive, meaning it doesn't involve surgery), which stimulates nerve cells in an area of the brain that is linked to depression.
  • Patients being treated by NeuroStar TMS Therapy do not require anesthesia or sedation.
  • Patients remain awake and alert, some even choose to read a book or magazine during treatment.
  • There are very few side affects, like itching and scalp discomfort. These typically subside after week one.
  • While it is not uncommon for patients to be able to lower their current prescription dosages, you should always check with your doctor prior to doing so.

 

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How NeuroStar TMS Therapy® Works

Major Depression Is A Brain Disease

Refer to the two images below. The image on the left, is a depressed brain and  the image on the right is a non depressed brain. As mentioned above, the Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) device uses a targeted pulsed magnetic field, similar to what is used in a MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) machine to stimulate those areas of the brain that are under active in the depressive condition, all while the patient is wide awake and alert

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The NeuroStar Process

To stimulate the depressed brain using NeuroStar TMS Therapy, there are four steps that take place during the 37 minute treatment in the doctor's office:  
  1. The patient reclines comfortably in the treatment chair, awake and alert.
  2. A small curved device containing the magnetic coil (see below) rests lightly on the patient's head.
  3. The device delivers focused magnetic stimulation directly to the target areas of the brain.
  4. Once treatment is finished for the day, the patient can immediately resume all normal activities.

 

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Brain Activation During TMS Therapy

During treatment, the patient hears a clicking sound and feels a tapping sensation on the head. The most common side effect is generally a mild-to-moderate pain or discomfort at or near the treatment area during the session. When this occurs it is temporary, and typically occurs only during the first week of treatment.

In addition, with over 10,000 active treatments being performed across all NeuroStar® clinical trials demonstrating its safety. There are:

  • No systemic side effects 
  • No weight gain
  • No sexual dysfunction
  • No sedation
  • No nausea
  • No dry mouth
  • No drug interactions
Watch the video below to see how TMS Therapy works on the brain.

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