What is Transcrinal Magnetic Stimulation Therapy?
Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a noninvasive technique used to apply brief magnetic pulses to the brain. The pulses are administered by passing high currents through an electromagnetic coil placed on a patient's scalp. The pulses induce an electric field in the underlying brain tissue. When the induced field is above a certain threshold, and is directed in an appropriate orientation relative to the brain's neuronal pathways, localized axonal depolarizations are produced, thus activating the neurons in the relevant brain structure.
What are the benefits of TMS Therapy?
Non-Pharmacologic (no medication)
No anesthesia required
No muscle relaxer needed
Return to daily activities almost immediately
No memory loss
Are there side effects to Deep TMS Therapy?
During TMS Therapy, you may experience headaches as well as some scalp discomfort, which often improve after further treatments and can be remedied with an over-the-counter analgesic such as Ibuprofen.
How long is TMS treatment?
A TMS therapy session lasts approximately 30 minutes. The standard course of treatment consists of five sessions per week over a four-to-six-week period.
Your First Treatment Session
From your first day of treatment, our friendly and highly trained staff will make you feel welcome. Your first TMS Therapy session will last more than an hour and a half. Your physician will perform a test to identify your motor threshold. This is the amount of magnetic field strength applied that results in an involuntary movement of your right hand. This test identifies the magnetic field strength which will be used for the treatment.
The technologist will seat you comfortably in a TMS chair and administer the treatment over a 30-minute period.
During therapy, you will hear a repetitive clicking sound that mimics a tapping sensation on your scalp. This is the magnet stimulating the targeted area to restore it to normal function and lift your depression.
All TMS sessions are overseen by the main psychiatrist at Premier Psychiatric Group.