What is Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Therapy?
Transcranial magnetic stimulation therapy, or simply TMS therapy, is a treatment for depressive disorders. It is a safe, non-invasive, and effective treatment option for individuals suffering from Major Depressive Disorder who have not seen satisfactory results from antidepressants. It is a non-drug, alternative, treatment for resistant depression.
During treatment, brief magnetic pulses are delivered to the surface of the scalp through the use of an FDA-approved medical device. These pulses will feel like tapping on the scalp. When delivered at the correct frequency and intensity, the pulses create localized electromagnetic fields that have the ability to stimulate nerve cells in the brain. When the pulses are delivered repetitively, it is called repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation—or rTMS.
Where To Get TMS Therapy
Our centers deliver rTMS Therapy utilizing the MagVita TMS Therapy system from MagVenture in our Pennsylvania office, and NeuroStar TMS Therapy system in our New Jersey office. Although treatment plans are individualized, the typical course of treatment is five times a week, for four to six weeks.
Each individual treatment session takes approximately 20 to 40 minutes to complete, and patients can resume daily activities immediately after treatment. rTMS therapy does not use anesthesia, and patients are fully alert for the duration of the treatment session. rTMS therapy can be used as a stand-alone therapy, or in conjunction with medication and psychotherapies.
TMS Therapy is contraindicated in patients with implanted devices, or non-removable metallic objects in or around the head. Please contact us for a free consultation and to address these issues in more detail.