What is Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)?

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What is Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)?

Therapeutic Solutions offers TMS, one of the most innovative new therapies for treating depression, including patients with long-standing chronic depression. It’s especially effective for individuals whose condition does not improve by taking anti-depressants, or who cannot tolerate the side effects of anti-depressants and therefore cannot take them.

Our patients often describe the effects of TMS as “cloud lifting.” This treatment can be so successful that some patients are able to reduce or stop taking their medication altogether.

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Just like the name indicates, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation works by using an electromagnetic field to affect the part of your brain that regulates mood. As a comparison, an MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) machine uses a similar technology.

TMS is an FDA approved treatment for depression. The treatment emits short pulses of this magnetic field to the brain’s prefrontal cortex. This stimulation causes the brain cells to change, improving symptoms of depression. The patient stays awake throughout the procedure, and can return to regular activities immediately afterward. Most treatments are less than 40 minutes long, and are usually given daily for about 6 weeks.