How Does TMS Work?

TMS uses MRI strength magnets to stimulate areas of the brain that are underactive. The electromagnetic pulses run along neural pathways to activate mood centers in the brain. The pulses stimulate the nerves and cause underlying changes in brain activity that naturally combat disorders such as depression.No anesthesia or sedation is required. It is a safe, non-invasive and virtually side-effect free, outpatient procedure.The regimen includes 30 treatments done over a span of 6 weeks. Treatments are done on an outpatient basis at a Strive TMS location. Treatments are scheduled five days a week Monday–Friday and take approximately 30 minutes per treatment.

Who is suitable for TMS?

TMS Therapy is indicated for the treatment of Major Depressive Disorder in adult patients who have failed to receive satisfactory improvement from prior antidepressant medication. Most health insurances will cover adults ages 18 years and up.Current clinical trials for adolescents are being conducted. The hope is that TMS will be be FDA cleared for teens in the very near future. TMS is available by prescription by a licensed physician, usually a psychiatrist.

How is TMS administered?

TMS is a non-invasive procedure performed in the comfort of an outpatient setting. A qualified provider will place an insulated coil over the head, and target specific areas of the brain. Sessions typically last 30 minutes. There’s no surgery or sedation of any kind, and most patients report no discomfort. Patients are free to resume regular activities after each session has been completed.TMS therapy is administered Monday through Friday for approximately 6 weeks or less. Can TMS be used for other disorders beyond depression? TMS has shows effective for certain patients with the following conditions:

Bipolar Depression
Smoking Cessation
Opioid Addiction

Who is a candidate for TMS?

TMS is a well-tolerated procedure that can be an effective treatment for patients with depression who have not benefitted from antidepressant medications or cannot tolerate it’s side-effects.

Does TMS have side effects?

Research has shown that TMS has almost no side effects and is both safe and effective. The most common side effect associated with TMS therapy is temporary pain or discomfort at or near the treatment site during treatment. When this occurs, it is temporary, and typically occurs only during the first week of treatment.TMS therapy should not be used with patients who have non-removable conductive metal or stimulator implants in or near the head. Patients who have active or inactive implants such as deep brain stimulators, cochlear implants, and vagus nerve stimulators should not received TMS treatments.

Is TMS similar to other therapies that use magnets to treat illnesses?

No. The effects of TMS cannot be achieved with ordinary or retail magnets.
TMS therapy is an FDA-cleared treatment that uses a medical device or machine created specifically to generate powerful magnetic fields. Many of these machines cost well over $100,000. The machines deliver specifically calibrated electromagnetic currents to specific regions of the brain, primarily the pre-frontal left cortex when treating depression. These electromagnetic pulses are similar to an MRI strength magnet. When applied to the brain, these magnetic fields activate brain cells. Decades of research and development went into what is now commonly referred to as TMS Therapy.

What can I expect the day of my treatment?

The patient will sit in a comfortable chair that reclines, while staying relaxed, awake, and alert. A small curved device containing the magnetic coil rests lightly on the patient’s head. The device delivers focused magnetic stimulation directly to the target area of the brain.During treatment, the patient hears a clicking sound and feels a tapping sensation on the head. The actual stimulation only lasts four seconds and is usually spaced out every 25 seconds. The treatment time varies per patient but is roughly 30 minutes. The patient can immediately resume normal activities and can drive themselves to and from treatments.

Is TMS like electroconvulsive therapy or ECT?

ECT or “shock therapy” is an invasive treatment in which seizures are intentionally induced to treat depression.Patients undergoing ECT receive general anesthesia and muscle relaxers. This is to prevent the seizures from causing harm or injury to the patient. ECT also requires extended recovery time. It is common for patients to be put under close supervision after treatment. While ECT can be effective it can also lead to other side effects such as memory loss and confusion.
TMS is a safer procedure that requires no anesthesia or sedation. A typical session lasts 30 minutes and most patients do not experience any side effects or major discomfort. Patients are free to resume regular activity after each treatment session. TMS is well tolerated by most patients, although some have report mild to moderate discomfort on the treatment site.

What is the cost?

TMS is covered by most major insurance companies. Policy coverage can range from a percentage of the total amount to 100% coverage. If you call one of our offices, we are happy to provide a verification of benefits to see what your specific coverage looks like. Anyone can pay privately for TMS treatments if insurance is not used. For more information regarding our private pay rates and insurance coverage, please contact one of our offices.

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