What Is TMS Therapy?

What is Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)?

Cleared by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) in 2008, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Therapy is a procedure that uses
MRI strength magnetic pulses to stimulate nerve cells in the brain to improve, or even eliminate, the symptoms of Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) when other treatments have failed. Worldwide, over three million people have found relief with TMS Therapy.

A safe, drug-free, non-invasive, and effective depression treatment.

  •  Covered by all insurance companies, Medicare, the VA, and Medicaid (in some states)
  •  Unlike medication, TMS Therapy is non-systemic (meaning nothing is circulating in your bloodstream throughout your body)

 What to expect:

  • Treatment appointments are usually between 15 and 40 minutes, five days a week, for six weeks   
  • No anesthesia or sedation - patients remain awake and alert, and can even read a book or magazine during treatment
  •  Side effects may include a headache or scalp discomfort at the treatment site. These typically subside after a few sessions. 

How TMS Therapy works

TMS Therapy Process

Four steps take place during the 15-40 minute TMS Therapy treatment to stimulate the depressed brain:

  1. The patient reclines comfortably in the treatment chair, and remains awake and alert.
  2. A small curved device containing a magnetic coil rests lightly on the patients head.
  3. The device delivers focused magnetic stimulation directly to the target area of the brain.
  4. Once treatment is finished, the patient can immediately resume all normal activities.

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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 discomfort at or near the treatment area during the session. If this occurs, it is temporary and typically lasts only the first week of treatment.

There are no systemic side effects like those that can occur while using prescription antidepressant medications.
  • No weight gain
  • No sexual dysfunction
  • No sedation
  • No nausea
  • No dry mouth
  • No drug interactions