TMS, or transcranial magnetic stimulation, is a noninvasive procedure that uses an electromagnet to deliver repetitive magnetic pulses that stimulate nerves in the brain. The pulses generated are similar to magnetic resonance imaging, or MRIs.
TMS appears to improve symptoms of depression without medications or other invasive procedures. In fact, many people try TMS if depression medications or psychotherapy haven’t worked for them in the past.
TMS brain stimulation can alter brain function by:
The biology of TMS and how it works isn’t entirely clear, but magnetic stimulation positively impacts brain function. It’s proven safe and is well-tolerated by patients suffering from depression.
Dr. Gruhlkey completes TMS in-office, and a series of treatments is necessary to achieve optimal results. You might receive treatments five days weekly for up to six weeks. TMS is noninvasive and doesn’t require anesthesia, so you’ll remain awake and alert during the procedure.
Your first TMS appointment at Lonestar Medical may last about 60 minutes. Dr. Gruhlkey identifies the best area to place magnets and determines an appropriate magnetic energy dosage prior to treatment.
During treatment and at subsequent appointments, Dr. Gruhlkey places magnetic coils against your head. An electromagnet delivers pulsed energy to nerve cells in your brain that control mood, and activates brain regions with low activity. You may feel tapping on your forehead or hear clicking sounds. The procedure is simple and painless and may last about 40 minutes.
After TMS treatment, you can resume normal daily activities right away. You might experience mild side effects, such as:
These side effects are temporary and often mild. Taking an over-the-counter pain reliever can help. After a few weeks of TMS treatment, symptoms of depression may improve or go away entirely. If symptoms return over time, your provider might recommend additional TMS sessions or psychotherapy in addition to TMS.
If you suffer from depression and psychotherapy or medications haven’t worked for you, call Lonestar Medical to learn more about TMS, or book an appointment online today.
Lonestar Medical accepts most major insurance. If you have any questions about your eligibility or coverage, please call our office. We are happy to help you!
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