Staying Healthy During TMS Therapy

October 23, 2018

For patients who are unsuccessful in traditional treatment methods for depression and anxiety disorders, TMS or transcranial magnetic stimulation offers hope.

What is TMS therapy?

TMS is a noninvasive form of brain stimulation. The devices used in TMS therapy are operated completely outside the body. They use powerful magnetic fields to stimulate certain parts of the brain, which are believed to help in improving the patient’s symptoms.

Over 50 percent of people who were unsuccessful with traditional treatments for depression and anxiety disorders experienced meaningful response from TMS therapy.  A lot of TMS patients feel better for several months after treatment stops.

What happens during TMS therapy and how to stay healthy?

TMS treatment uses magnetic pulses. So, before the therapy starts, you have to remove any magnetic-sensitive objects such as jewelries and credit cards.

It’s not unusual to hear clicking sound during the session but you can minimize it by wearing ear plugs or listening to music.

There can be slight discomfort during and after the session due to the tapping sensation on the scalp. However, you can reduce the discomfort by taking over-the-counter pain medications such as aspirin and Tylenol before or after the therapy.

Serious side effects are very uncommon in TMS therapy but if you have certain concerns about this procedure, feel free to contact us.