What is Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) Therapy?
Depression is thought to result from a chemical imbalance in the brain. TMS is a non-invasive, non-drug treatment that restores balance in the brain, alleviating the symptoms of depression.
During TMS therapy, short pulses of magnetic energy stimulate nerve cells in the brain. Magnetic energy is specifically targeted at areas of the brain that are responsible for emotional judgment and mood regulation.
Who is TMS for?
If you have been diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder (MDD), tried several anti-depressant medications with poor results, or if you prefer a non-medicated and non-invasive treatment for your depression without the side effects of medication, TMS may be for you. It’s an alternative treatment option to ongoing medication prescribing and medication management of depression.
Major Depression Disorder and Treatment-Resistant Depression
For most people with Major Depression Disorder (MDD), antidepressants are used to manage or improve symptoms. For some patients prescribed antidepressants, symptom relief is not achieved, or side effects become overwhelming.
MDD that is resistant to medication is known as Treatment-Resistant Depression (TRD). For patients experiencing TRD, there is hope in the medication-free, non-invasive alternative treatment, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, commonly known as TMS.
How Does TMS Work?
In depressed patients, the electrical activity in certain areas of the brain is shown to be reduced. Using TMS targeted at these areas, we aim to re-awaken these cells, increasing brain activity to normal levels. TMS uses a focused electromagnet to rapidly pulse a magnetic field to the targeted area. The magnetic pulses induce an electrical current in the brain, stimulating the cells into activity.
Harmony Bay Wellness uses a Magstim TMS machine. Magstim’s technology is proven and offers shorter treatment sessions than other TMS machines.
What are the Benefits of TMS?
- FDA-approved – TMS therapy is safe and has been cleared by the FDA
- Pain-free – TMS therapy is completely pain-free
- No systemic side effects – Unlike anti-depressant medications, TMS has no systemic side effects
- Covered by insurance – All major insurance plans cover TMS
- No medications – Live free of anti-depressants and their side effects
What to Expect from during TMS Therapy?
You will be seated in a comfortable chair, some measurements may be taken and you may be provided with earplugs. You may feel tapping on your head under the treatment coil and hear a clicking sound. You will remain awake and alert throughout treatment.
Many people read or watch television during their TMS treatment. Following your session, you will be able to drive home and you can resume normal activities for the rest of the day.
TMS has very few known side effects. The most common side effects are mild scalp discomfort or headaches during treatment, but treatment should not interfere with your normal activities.
TMS Frequently Asked Questions
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Please contact your TMS provider if you have any questions or concerns by dialing 855.765.6399 and selecting option 3 for the medical line. You will be prompted to leave a detailed message and TMS staff will return your call within 1 business day.
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Harmony Bay Wellness
TMS therapy is just one of the approaches Harmony Bay Wellness offers. We have an extensive array of mental health therapies such as:
- Anger Management Therapy
- Codependency Therapy
- Grief Counseling Therapy
- OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder) Therapy
- Panic Attacks / Panic Disorder Therapy
- Postpartum Depression Therapy
These therapies and more are open to all our clients. Working with individuals, our counselors and therapists determine a course of treatment that addresses the issues clients are facing and the goals they desire to achieve.
Source: Magstim. (2020, November 10). Retrieved November 30, 2020, from https://www.magstim.com/us-en/
TMS therapy is just one more tool we can use to help support individuals in overcoming their mental health issues and maintaining wellbeing. Reach out to us today at 855.765.6399 to learn more about our programs.