How does TMS work?
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is a non-invasive (no surgery), medication free and painless brain stimulation technique, uniquely used for mental health disorders. TMS treatment targets specific areas of the brain depending on what disorder it is treating. For example, the left-prefrontal cortex is where TMS targets in order to treat depression. On the other hand, the right prefrontal cortex is for treating anxiety.
How does TMS work: TMS uses a small electromagnetic coil controlled by a machine to deliver short, powerful bursts of magnetic energy focused on specific areas of the brain.
The typical initial course of treatment consists of five treatments per week over a four to six week period, for an average of 20-30 total treatments.
Safety of TMS
TMS treatment has been approved by the FDA and recommended by the NICE guidelines in the UK for its effectiveness and safety.
Approximately 3/4 people that undergo TMS treatment for depression experienced complete symptom relief at the end of their treatment course.
TMS treatment benefits include: improved mood, lowered anxiety, enhanced cognitive & executive functions. Also, some patients describe the “feeling of brain fog being lifting” and “being freed”. Overall, TMS treated patients who experienced significant improvements in anxiety, appetite, sleep and mood associated with depression.
Patients describe that the treatment is conformable and painless. The treatment is approximately 20 minutes and you will be in a comfortable chair with the lights dimmed. In addition, most patients listen to music or meditate.