Transcranial magnetic stimulation, or TMS for short, is a non-invasive procedure used to treat depression. It uses magnetic energy to stimulate nerve cells in the brain. Doctors often use TMS when other treatment methods haven’t worked.
What Does the Procedure Involve?
During a transcranial magnetic stimulation session, the medical professional will place an electromagnetic coil on the patient’s scalp near their forehead. The coil sends a pulse of electromagnetic energy into the patient’s brain that stimulates the nerve cells in the region that controls mood.
The treatment is simple, and it is usually an outpatient procedure. The patient will generally undergo daily sessions multiple times a week for four to six weeks. It generally takes a few weeks for the treatment to produce results.
The first session is the longest and takes about an hour. The medical professional will need to determine the best dose of magnetic energy and the best place for the coil. The doctor will place an electromagnetic coil on the patient’s head and begin mapping or trying to determine the best place. The coil will be turned on and off to produce the pulses. The patient will feel tapping on their forehead and may hear tapping or clicking noises during the process.
The doctor will then determine the appropriate amount of energy to use by increasing the dosage until the patient’s hands or fingers start twitching. The doctor will use that motor threshold as a reference point. The doctor may change the energy dosage during treatment.
Subsequent sessions will last around 40 minutes. The patient can resume their usual routine immediately after a session, including driving or working.
Who is a Good Candidate for TMS?
People in overall good health are usually good candidates for transcranial magnetic stimulation. It is not recommended for people with implanted devices or metal. People who are taking any kind of medication, be it prescription, over-the-counter or supplements, need to inform our doctor. Women who are pregnant or plan to become pregnant should also talk to our doctor before undergoing TMS.
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If you are suffering from depression, you know how debilitating this condition can be. Visit Cady Wellness Institute in Newburgh to learn more about how transcranial magnetic stimulation can help to treat your depression. This simple, non-invasive procedure may be all that you need to finally kick your depression to the curb. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.