What is TMS Therapy?
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Therapy is a safe and effective treatment for individuals diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) who have not experienced satisfactory improvement from antidepressant medication or who feel medication is causing unwanted side effects. TMS Therapy can be used as stand-alone treatment or used in conjunction with prescription medication.
TMS Depression Center of Mansfield utilizes MagVenture TMS devices that are FDA Approved and indicated for the treatment of Major Depression. These devices delivers magnetic pulses, stimulating specific areas of the brain involved in mood regulation. These areas are known to be underactive in those diagnosed with depression, & stimulating these areas can improve the brain’s ability to regulate mood.
Benefits of TMS Therapy
Patients treated with TMS showed that 67% of patients reported a reduction in depression symptoms at the completion of the acute phase of TMS Therapy.
nothing enters the bloodstream
no drug related side effects such as weight gain, drowsiness, sleeplessness, stomach upset or sexual problems
patient remains awake and alert during treatment and can resume usual routine afterwards
FDA Cleared & Proven
Over 67% of patients had a reduction in depression scores after a 6-week treatment period
nothing is inserted or implanted into the body
Covered by Most Insurance Plans
Covered by most insurance plans. We offer affordable financing for those who are private pay
What to expect During TMS?
Although treatment varies by individual, a typical treatment course consists of:
Average of 36 treatment sessions
Conducted over a 6 to 7 week period
4 to 5 treatments per week
Each treatment session lasts approximately 20-30 minutes
What to expect
During treatment, patients relax in a treatment chair and remain awake and alert. The TMS Therapy device will deliver magnetic pulses to specific areas of your brain known to regulate mood. These pulses will feel like tapping on the scalp. The technician can make adjustments if the tapping is uncomfortable. Mild headache or scalp discomfort is sometimes experienced at the site of stimulation during or after treatment. Over-the-counter analgesic may be taken to alleviate discomfort. If discomfort persists, the strength of the magnetic field pulses can be reduced to make treatment more comfortable.
After a treatment session, patients can immediately return to their normal routine, including driving. In clinical trials, most patients experienced a positive response to TMS Therapy by the fourth week of treatment. Some patients may experience results in less time, while others may take longer. It is important to continually discuss any depression symptoms with your TMS Technician.
Your first treatment session
Because it is important to determine how to most effectively administer your individual treatment, your first session may last up to an hour and a half. You will be provided with earplugs to reduce the audible tapping sound that the device emits. You can bring your own headphones (providing they are not metal) and listen to music during your treatment.
The TMS physician will first perform a test to identify your motor threshold, which is the amount of magnetic field strength resulting in a movement of the patient’s right thumb. This test identifies the magnetic field strength that will be used during your treatment, which is customized to deliver the correct treatment dose.
The TMS physician will then determine the location on your head where the treatment coil will be placed. In pre-determined intervals, the device will deliver rapid “pulses” of the magnetic fields. These will feel like tapping on the scalp. The physician can make adjustments if the tapping is uncomfortable. This process will continue 4 days a week until the end of your 36 treatments.
IS TMS Covered by my insurance?
Here is a list of insurances we accept for TMS. We will gladly verify benefits and coverage prior to beginning treatment.
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