Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Treatment


Patient undergoing transcranial magnetic stimulation treatment

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation or TMS is a noninvasive procedure (meaning it does not enter the body) that is used to stimulate a part of the brain using a magnetic field. This magnetic field can pass through the head safely and painlessly. TMS can be used to change activity in the brain and correct abnormal activity occurring due to illness. Numerous studies have shown that TMS can have a lasting positive effect on mood in patients with depression. The form of TMS used for therapy is called Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, or rTMS. A number of different protocols and devices have been cleared by the FDA for this purpose.

During a treatment session, you will be awake and sitting in a comfortable chair. A coil resembling a figure-eight will be held in place over a particular region on your head. As the current passes through the coil, it creates a magnetic field that will induce a current in your brain. People receiving TMS often describe feeling a repetitive tapping sensation on their head. The TMS coil also produces a loud clicking sound, so earplugs are always provided. Should you prefer to bring your own, our welcome packet includes a list of OSHA-approved earplugs to choose from.

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