Frequently Asked Questions about Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation

Frequently Asked Questions about Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is a non-invasive medical procedure that uses an electromagnetic coil placed over the skull to produce an electromagnetic field. The field reaches neural networks and activates the cells inside those networks. Repeatedly activating these brain cells can create robust, long-term changes that benefit mental health, mood, and addiction recovery.

Over the last few years, patients have been turning to TMS as an alternative treatment option to psychotherapy and medication treatment for depression and other mood conditions. However, as much as the process provides a great and safe opportunity for patients to treat the different mod conditions, it’s not surprising to see that patients have a number of questions about the procedure. Call 619-333-8114 now for more information about TMS therapy.

Here, we give answers to some of those frequently asked questions about TMS.

When is TMS used?

For patients with depressive disorders, antidepressant medications and psychotherapy are the first-line treatments that are administered. However, it isn’t in all situations that this treatment option works for the patients. When this happens, TMS may be the next resort to augment the first-line treatment.

Why is TMS effective?

TMS works because it produces changes in the neuronal activity in areas of the brain that are involved in mood regulation, the prefrontal cortex in particular. As the magnetic pulse passes through the brain, it’ll induce some brief activities in the brain cells underlying the treatment coil. This will improve mood regulation and influence brain activity.

How long is a TMS procedure?

TMS therapy involves a number of treatment sessions. Each treatment session will vary in length and depend on the TMS coil used and the number of pulses delivered. However, the procedure will typically last between 30 and 40 minutes.

Also, each patient will receive TMS treatments 5 times each week. In the long run, TMS will last up to 4 to 6 weeks. Nonetheless, the entire length of the procedure will depend on each individual’s response to treatment.

What are the side effects of TMS?

TMS is a well-tolerated treatment option that’s associated with minimal side effects. Just a small percentage of patients cease treatments because of side effects. The most common side effect of TMS is the mild headaches that come after the procedure. However, they are so mild that over-the-counter pain medications can be used to treat the headaches, and they will vanish in almost no time.

How can I get TMS treatment?

TMS is one of the brain stimulation treatments for depression offered at Pacific Medical Care. Before anyone is allowed to schedule a treatment, there must first be an evaluation by one of the TMS professionals that’ll determine if TMS is the safest and most appropriate form of treatment for you. For depression patients, we can take you through the process of diagnosis and comprehensive treatment plans that work particularly for your situation.

Contact us to schedule your restorative pain management in San Diego consultation or to get more information about the reasons why TMS may or may not be suitable for you.

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