Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation
what is tMS therapy?
Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) targets key areas of the brain that are underactive in people with depression. It is not ECT (electroconvulsive therapy). While the exact cause of depression is not known, the leading scientific theory is that it is caused by an imbalance of the brain’s neurotransmitters, which are chemical messengers that send signals between brain cells.
During a NeuroStar therapy session, a magnet similar in strength to that used in a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine is used to stimulate nerve cells in the area of the brain thought to control mood. These magnetic pulses may have a positive effect on the brain’s neurotransmitter levels, making long-term remission possible.
Some of the advantages of choosing transcranial magnetic stimulation include the following:
• Therapy sessions are conducted in your NeuroStar doctor’s office
• You can return to normal activities right away
• You are awake during treatment
• There are no negative effects on memory or sleep
• It’s covered by most health insurance plans, including Cigna and Carefirst
Drug-free TMS treatment option
Why TMS Therapy?
NeuroStar TMS Treatment is for people like you who have not been able to find relief with medication. It’s a different kind of treatment that uses magnetic pulses, which are similar in strength to MRI. The magnetic pulses work to bring brain activity back online and get neurotransmitters signaling again. NeuroStar TMS Therapy is precise and delivers the right amount of treatment to the right areas of the brain. There have been over 5 million individual treatments performed to date.
One study found that 83% of patients completing NeuroStar TMS therapy experienced measurable depression relief, and 62% experienced full remission of their depression symptoms.
NEUROSTAR TMS Treatment is Easy
Recline comfortably in a spa-like treatment chair, awake and alert
A small curved device containing the magnetic coil rests on your head
Magnetic pulses deliver the therapy to the correct location that regulates mood in your brain. You may feel a tapping, tingling or warming sensation where the coil is placed. This is usually temporary and subsides in subsequent treatments.
You can immediately resume normal activities.
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Dr. Aderonke Omotade is a board-certified internal medicine physician and psychiatrist. She provides compassionate, comprehensive psychiatric care to patients of all ages.
Melecia Helwig-Henson is our physician’s assistant and provides assistance with routine psychiatric needs as well as helping Dr. Omotade with the day-to-day tasks of running the practice.
Are you worried about trying TMS? We understand that it’s a new technology and you might be afraid to try something new. But there are several reasons why TMS treatments are worth a shot:
1. NeuroStar TMS has been FDA cleared for depression.
2. It has evidence of efficacy to support its use
3. It’s safe, with no major side effects reported.
Have more questions?
The NeuroStar Advanced Therapy System is indicated for the treatment of depressive episodes and for decreasing anxiety symptoms for those who may exhibit comorbid anxiety symptoms in adult patients suffering from Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) and who failed to achieve satisfactory improvement from previous antidepressant medication treatment in the current episode.
The NeuroStar Advanced Therapy system is intended to be used as an adjunct for the treatment of adult patients suffering from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD).
NeuroStar Advanced Therapy is only available by prescription. A doctor can help decide if NeuroStar Advanced Therapy is right for you. Patients’ results may vary.
Visit neurostar.com for full safety and prescribing information.