Skip to content
flower logo

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Therapy

Antidepressant medications are sometimes not enough to treat Major-Depressive Disorder (MDD), which means Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) may be the right option for you.

 

TMS Therapy is offered to adults ages 18 and over, TMS is available at all Harmony Bay locations as an outpatient treatment.

TMS Illustration

What is TMS

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?

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.

Before TMS

before-tms

After TMS

after-tms

Benefits

TMS fda

FDA-APPROVED

TMS therapy is safe and has been cleared by the FDA

noun-stethoscope-1943965 1-orange

PAIN-FREE

TMS therapy is completely pain-free

Group 81-orange

NO SYSTEMIC SIDE EFFECTS

Unlike antidepressant medications, TMS has no systemic side effects

icon-apple-orange

COVERED BY INSURANCE

All major insurance plans cover TMS

noun-smartphone-1604013 1-orange

NO MEDICATIONS

Live free of antidepressants and their side effects

Benefits

TMS

FDA-APPROVED

TMS therapy is safe and has been cleared by the FDA

2

PAIN-FREE

TMS therapy is completely pain-free

3

NO SYSTEMIC SIDE EFFECTS

Unlike antidepressant medications, TMS has no systemic side effects

4 (1)

COVERED BY INSURANCE

All major insurance plans cover TMS

5

NO MEDICATIONS

Live free of antidepressants and their side effects

How It Works

psychiatry image

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 To Expect

mom playing with two kids on the beach
  • Remove all piercings from the shoulders up prior to arriving
  • Limit caffeine intake prior to your daily session
  • You may take Tylenol or Ibuprofen prior to your treatment session if you are prone to headaches or experienced a headache after your last treatment session
  • Arrive a few minutes early to your appointments to check in and complete any required assessments
  • Bring reading materials or a mobile device that can be used during the treatment session
TMS image 2
  • The TMS technician will be asking you a series of questions prior to each session
  • The TMS technician will have you sit in the treatment chair and adjust the chair to ensure maximum comfort
  • The TMS technician will ensure the TMS equipment is properly placed to begin treatment and discuss what to expect during treatment
  • The TMS technician will be in the treatment room with you the entire time
  • You may listen to music, an audio book, a guided meditation, or play a game on your mobile device during treatment if you desire to do so
  • Engaging in conversation with TMS technician or mood-lifting activities has proven to be beneficial during TMS therapy
TMS image
  • You may drive and resume normal activities after treatment
  • You may experience changes to your sleep patterns, this is common and often a good sign TMS is working. Please report any changes to sleep habits to the TMS technician
  • You may experience changes to your mood throughout treatment. This is common and to be expected especially over the weekends when you are not receiving treatment
  • Mild fatigue is not uncommon after the first few TMS treatments

TMS Tips

Do not stop taking your medications during treatment

TMS - medications

A TMS treatment program can act as a supplement to prescription medications that you are already taking. This means that there may be no reason for you to stop taking your medications, as the treatment will not conflict with them.

By continuing your regular prescription routine, you will have a better idea of how well TMS is working. Not everyone’s treatment plan is the same, so be sure to consult your doctor as to whether you should make any changes to your medications during or after treatment.

Limit alcohol consumption on weekends

TMS - limit alcohol

Alcohol is a depressant, so if you are going through TMS therapy, it may be counteractive to drink on the weekends.

A glass of wine or a beer every so often won’t hurt, but excessive drinking should be avoided.

Ensure you have good vitamin levels

TMS - vitamins

Healthy vitamin levels are essential for brain health and development. The majority of vitamins we receive come from nutritious foods.

However, if you have food allergies or sensitivities or are just simply not getting enough of a specific nutrient, you can supplement with vitamins. Some vitamins and nutrients that are important for depression include iron, zinc, omega 3’s, vitamin B, and vitamin D.

Journal your journey

TMS - journal

Keeping a journal during your TMS treatment program will help you track your progress. Record how you feel daily, as well as before and after treatments.

You can then look back on your treatment and see any changes and improvements.

If you want to, this is something you can even review with your doctor when planning the next steps of your treatment.

Eat healthy meals

TMS - healthy meals

Maintaining a healthy, well-rounded diet can provide you with the nutrients you need to keep your brain energy up during TMS therapy.

Increased brain energy can positively affect your concentration and endurance levels throughout your sessions. It can also help with your vitamin levels as we previously mentioned.

Try to stay active

TMS - stay active

Staying active helps your brain health and keeps your mind active. Exercise produces critical feel-good endorphins which can help with depression.

With TMS therapy, you can remain active and even go to the gym or complete a workout right after treatment.

Have a support system

TMS - support group

Having a support system can be very beneficial to your mental health. Your support system can consist of anyone you trust like family or friends.

There are even support groups online that you can join. Having a support system gives you people to talk to when you’re feeling down or when you want to celebrate achievements.

While they may not know exactly what you are going through, they can be a friendly shoulder to lean on – literally or metaphorically.

TMS - medications

A TMS treatment program can act as a supplement to prescription medications that you are already taking. This means that there may be no reason for you to stop taking your medications, as the treatment will not conflict with them.

By continuing your regular prescription routine, you will have a better idea of how well TMS is working. Not everyone’s treatment plan is the same, so be sure to consult your doctor as to whether you should make any changes to your medications during or after treatment.

TMS - limit alcohol

Alcohol is a depressant, so if you are going through TMS therapy, it may be counteractive to drink on the weekends.

A glass of wine or a beer every so often won’t hurt, but excessive drinking should be avoided.

TMS - vitamins

Healthy vitamin levels are essential for brain health and development. The majority of vitamins we receive come from nutritious foods.

However, if you have food allergies or sensitivities or are just simply not getting enough of a specific nutrient, you can supplement with vitamins. Some vitamins and nutrients that are important for depression include iron, zinc, omega 3’s, vitamin B, and vitamin D.

TMS - journal

Keeping a journal during your TMS treatment program will help you track your progress. Record how you feel daily, as well as before and after treatments.

You can then look back on your treatment and see any changes and improvements.

If you want to, this is something you can even review with your doctor when planning the next steps of your treatment.

TMS - healthy meals

Maintaining a healthy, well-rounded diet can provide you with the nutrients you need to keep your brain energy up during TMS therapy.

Increased brain energy can positively affect your concentration and endurance levels throughout your sessions. It can also help with your vitamin levels as we previously mentioned.

TMS - stay active

Staying active helps your brain health and keeps your mind active. Exercise produces critical feel-good endorphins which can help with depression.

With TMS therapy, you can remain active and even go to the gym or complete a workout right after treatment.

TMS - support group

Having a support system can be very beneficial to your mental health. Your support system can consist of anyone you trust like family or friends.

There are even support groups online that you can join. Having a support system gives you people to talk to when you’re feeling down or when you want to celebrate achievements.

While they may not know exactly what you are going through, they can be a friendly shoulder to lean on – literally or metaphorically.

FAQs

Want to Learn More?