Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation
A therapy treatment technique called Transcranial-Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is growing in popularity since it was approved by the FDA in 2009 for the treatment of MDD (major depressive disorder). Without the use of pharmaceuticals, TMS therapy has shown to be effective in treating patients with treatment-resistant depression.
In the event that you are suffering from major depression
and have not responded to treatment with one or more antidepressants, TMS might be a logical next step.
Keep reading for more TMS information.
The electromagnetic pulses used in TMS penetrate the skull and activate brain cells. As the brain communicates within itself and sends signals to the rest of the body with electrical currents, the magnetic waves emitted during TMS interact with the brain's chemistry to affect how it functions on a physical level.
How does TMS work?
Definition of TMS
A therapeutic treatment for impairments, diseases or disorders in the brain.
TMS Therapy (transcranial magnetic stimulation) is FDA-approved for treating depression, OCD, and anxiety. TMS therapy is a non-invasive therapeutic treatment that activates nerve activity in the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex.
TMS therapy reactivates the dendrites in the brain to strengthen the connections between cells.
TMS has a wide range of potential applications in addition to treating depression. In fact, it was just approved by the FDA in 2018 to treat obsessive compulsive disorder.
Additionally, TMS is a versatile tool in a variety of research fields, especially pertaining to the body and nervous system. This is because TMS can be used to create temporary changes in the brain and subjects can be exposed to it safely.
THE MEDICINE OF DEPRESSION
As part of the TMS treatment, patients should be seen five times a week for around six weeks. Although each session lasts around 18 minutes, TMS remains a commitment that must be met consistently in order for it to be effective.
Once you have completed the consultation, you will have a mapping session to determine the position of the electromagnetic coil and the frequency of the pulses. With our unique infrared technology, the C3 can be precisely located and recalled for future sessions.
TMS effects usually become apparent three to four weeks after starting treatment, although some patients have reported feeling effects before then.
The effects of TMS should last a minimum of nine months to a year, though they do last longer for some patients. If you feel like your depression symptoms worsen again after this period of time, you can schedule maintenance treatments to renew your results.