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What you can expect during your TMS treatment.
Perhaps the most surprising aspect of TMS is how something so powerful and effective can, at the same time, be simple, painless, and even downright comfortable.
Preceding your TMS treatment is the brain mapping procedure conducted by your physician. Once completed, you’ll move forward with your TMS session, the first part involving being seated in a specially designed chair. At this time, we’ll gently place a curved magnetic coil on your head. This coil is designed to magnetically stimulate that part of your brain outlined and mapped by your physician.
The technology is similar to that of MRI scanners – short magnetic pulses can painlessly pass through the intact skull and to the outer regions of the brain. As such the therapeutic approach with TMS is to inhibit over-active areas in the brain or, as is the case in a depression treatment excite under-active regions. While underway with this gentle procedure, you’re free to nap, meditate, and relax.
By stimulating with several pulses over several treatment sessions, TMS can have lasting effects. TMS is free of most side-effects which are typically associated with antidepressant medications such as weight gain, sexual problems or upset stomach. Before and right after treatment, the patient can directly come and go from their normal everyday activities.
In total, your visit will last approximately 19-37 minutes. The number of treatments you can anticipate will range from 3-5 visits per week for 4-6 weeks.