What is TMS Therapy?
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Therapy is an effective, alternative treatment for medication-resistant depression. TMS Therapy is an FDA approved treatment for individuals suffering from Major Depressive Disorder and treatment-resistant depression.
TMS Therapy is a non-invasive outpatient procedure performed in-office. The treatment does not require sedation or anesthesia. During treatment the patient is alert and post-treatment the patient is able to easily resume their daily activities, including driving to and from treatment.
TMS Therapy uses focused magnetic pulses to non-invasively stimulate the brain in the prefrontal cortex which is the region of the brain through the scalp to the area associated with mood regulation, attention, decision making, and planning life in general.
TMS Therapy is a focal, non-systemic and utilizes MRI-strength magnetic pulses to stimulate areas of the brain which have been identified for the treatment of depression. TMS Therapy changes electrical activity resulting in increased neuroplasticity and improved functionality.
These magnetic pulses pass through the hair, scalp, and skull (approximately 2-3 cm) and into the prefrontal cortex. This method allows for localized stimulation, minimizing the stimulation of areas of the brain which are not involved in mood regulation. The typical treatment course is daily treatments five days a week over a 4-6 week period for a total of 36 treatments. Each treatment session lasts between 20 minutes.
Off label uses including anxiety relief, OCD, substance use, autism, and many other treatment uses are currently being explored with promising results.