How does TMS Therapy work?
TMS Therapy uses a targeted pulsed magnetic field to stimulate areas of the brain that are less active in people with depression than people without depression. These pulses are similar to those given out by MRI machines.
What is a TMS treatment like?
During treatment, you’ll sit in a comfortable chair with a light-weight device resting on your head. You’ll be awake and alert during the treatment. You may continue your normal daily activities right after treatment is over.
How long does a TMS treatment take?
Each treatment takes 38 minutes. You’ll typically need 5 treatments a week for 6 - 7 weeks to feel better. This is a total of between 30 and 36 TMS Therapy treatments.
Does TMS Therapy have side effects?
Less than 5% of people who choose TMS Therapy experience temporary pain or discomfort near where the device touches their heads. This discomfort usually lasts one week. There is a very low risk of seizure: 1 in every 10,000 treatments.
Who should have TMS Therapy?
TMS is for adult men and women who have major depressive disorder. Depression medications and talk therapy should be tried before considering this treatment. Because TMS typically requires 5 treatments a week for 6 - 7 weeks, people choosing this therapy must be motivated to get well.
Who should not have TMS Therapy?
TMS is safe for most people. Men and women who have magnetic-sensitive metal in their heads – such as implants, clips, stents, and devices – should not have TMS Therapy. People with cardiac devices or who have epilepsy or other seizure disorders may be treated with caution using TMS. We thoroughly assess each person in our care, and fully review all risks with them, before we begin TMS.