TMS is an FDA approved treatment for depression
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TMS helps activate the natural function of the brain’s neurotransmitters using a non-invasive magnetic field.
Because NeuroStar is a non-drug treatment, people don’t experience side effects like those associated with antidepressant medications. The most common side effect is temporary pain or discomfort at or near the treatment site. These effects are temporary and do not occur for most people after the first week of treatment.
Precisely targeted TMS therapy makes long-term remission possible. TMS DOES NOT require general anesthesia and is considered a non-invasive treatment (unlike ETC).
How does it work ?
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation or TMS is non-invasive; it does not involve surgery, insertion of intravenous lines or anything else put into your body. It also does not require any anesthesia or sedation.
TMS uses a small electromagnetic coil controlled by a computer program to deliver short, powerful bursts of magnetic energy focused precisely on the left side of the brain’s frontal cortex.
A treatment coil is applied to the head above the targeted area of the brain, called the prefrontal cortex. This part of the brain is involved with mood regulation. TMS magnetic fields do not directly affect the whole brain; they only reach about 2-3 centimeters into the brain directly beneath the treatment coil.
As TMS magnetic fields move into the brain, they produce very small electrical currents. The electrical currents activate cells within the brain, which are thought to release neurotransmitters.
The typical initial treatment course consists of five treatments per week over a four to six-week period, for an average of 20-30 total treatments. Additional treatments may be used to maintain optimal antidepressant benefits, but a frequency schedule for “maintenance” TMS treatments has not yet been established. Each treatment session last 37.5 minutes.