The TMS Treatment Process
Patients undergoing TMS treatment sit in a dentist-like chair in the doctor’s office with a large magnet pressed to the left side of their head. The machine produces a pulsed magnetic field, similar to that used in M.R.I.’s, which creates an electrical current in the surface of the brain that “resets” the patient’s mood regulatory system.
TMS treatment has been shown to produce changes in the activity of neurons in regions of the brain involved in mood regulation, such as the prefrontal cortex. As each magnetic pulse passes through the skull and into the brain, this induces brief activity of brain cells underlying the treatment coil.
The frequency of pulse delivery also influences whether brain activity is increased or decreased by a session of rTMS. Recent studies also suggest that stimulation over the left and right sides of the brain can have opposite effects on mood regulation.
TMS therapy involves a series of treatment sessions. Treatment sessions are approximately 40 minutes each, and administered 5 days a week. A typical course of TMS treatment is 4 to 6 weeks. However, this can vary depending on an individual’s response to treatment.
In Office Treatment Is Available
TMS does not require any sedation or general anesthesia, so it is not necessary to go to a hospital to receive treatment. Patients are fully awake and aware during the treatment and the patient is allowed to read or watch TV. There is no “recovery period,” so patients can drive home afterwards and return to their normal activity. This is how TMS works.
In our Houston TMS Treatment Center, patients who have had a full course of TMS treatment oftentimes receive occasional treatments, and many say that the therapy has pulled them out of severe long-term depression.
If you are interested in learning more about TMS treatment check out the latest TMS research on its effectiveness or to make an appointment at our Midtown Houston location-call Dr. Daniela White, M.D. at 713-426-3100.