Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) can change brain activity without the need for surgery or the possibility of harmful side effects. Compared to other forms of brain stimulation therapy, TMS is remarkably simple and safe. The treatment involves applying electromagnetic currents to the head of the patient and using them to target areas of the brain.
During a TMS session, patients sit in a comfortable chair while the operator places a small device over a specific section of their head. Electromagnetic pulses then travel to the brain where they turn into electricity and cause brain cells to fire in the targetted area. This causes a chain reaction that awakens other neurons within their connected network. The amount of stimulation used and where it is targetted varies for each patient depending on their diagnosis and an assessment of their brain’s sensitivity to stimulation.
A typical TMS session lasts about a half-hour. Daily sessions, Monday through Friday, are recommended to receive the best results. Daily treatments typically last for 6 weeks before they decrease in frequency. TMS treatments are so non-invasive that patients can drive to our Mental Health Treatment Center on their own, receive treatment, and then continue with their day.