How Can TMS Therapy Help You?
The discovery of TMS or transcranial magnetic stimulation in the treatment of mood disorders has become a blessing to many.
In the past, people with the major depressive disorder had only one treatment option – antidepressants. Unfortunately, not everyone has a pleasant experience with these drugs.
With TMS, these people have found hope that they can ease the symptoms of their mood disorder without battling a lot of side effects. And TMS can help you too.
What is TMS?
TMS is a noninvasive procedure that uses magnetic fields to stimulate certain areas of the brain. This results in an improvement in symptoms of conditions such as depression and anxiety disorder.
What happens during a TMS therapy session?
During a TMS session, an electromagnetic coil is placed over your head, against your scalp near your forehead. This coil painlessly delivers a safe amount of magnetic pulses that stimulate certain nerve cells.
The magnetic pulses target the cells that are responsible for the control of your mood. If done on a regular basis, TMS is shown to help improve the symptoms of mood disorders and a number of other conditions. This includes Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, chronic pain, and nicotine addiction.
Are there risks involved?
Generally, TMS is considered safe and well-tolerated. In some cases, it can cause some side effects such as headache, scalp discomfort, and lightheadedness. If you are experiencing any of these after your first session, your doctor can adjust the level of stimulation to reduce your symptoms.
How do you prepare for TMS?
There is minimal preparation needed before your TMS therapy. A physical exam with some tests may be required by your doctor and a possible psychiatric evaluation.
During your consultation, you have to inform your doctor if you’re pregnant or planning to get pregnant, have metal implants or devices in the body, have a history of seizures, suffer from frequent headaches, or have sustained brain damage from an illness or injury. These will help your doctor determine if TMS is right for you.
If you’ve been contemplating undergoing TMS therapy, contact us. You can fill out this form to request an appointment. We are more than happy to assist you with whatever questions or concerns you have about this therapy.