What is TMS Therapy?
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Therapy is a simple, FDA approved, drug-free option for patients suffering from severe depression. It is a safe, breakthrough treatment that is proven effective for patients who have failed to achieve satisfactory improvement from antidepressant medications. For over 25 years, TMS has been used to research the treatment of depression. IPD utilizes the NeuroStar TMS system, which is the first and only non-invasive depression treatment approved by the Federal Drug Administration.
Depression is a major public health issue that affects millions of Americans every year. According to the U.S Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, antidepressants are the most commonly prescribed medication in the United States; however, not all patients prescribed antidepressant medications achieve satisfactory improvement. TMS therapy is an exciting breakthrough for patients who have either not obtained adequate benefits from traditional antidepressant medications or cannot or choose not to tolerate the side-effects of antidepressant medications
How does TMS work?
TMS is a form of neuromodulation that uses a strong, highly targeted, MRI-strength magnetic pulse to stimulate nerve cells in the prefrontal cortex, the area of the linked to mood regulation.
TMS is performed on an outpatient basis and is prescribed and supervised by a psychiatrist. During the therapy session, the patient is wide awake, requires no form of anesthesia and is seated in a comfortable chair, much like a dentist’s chair. Patients are able to return to their normal routine immediately after treatment. A small, curved device rests gently on the patient’s head, delivering rapid, focused magnetic stimulation.
Patients sit in this Neurostar chair to receive TMS therapy
Benefits of TMS
- Proven safe and effective for treating patients with depression
- Free of side effects that are associated with antidepressant medications like: weight gain, fatigue, dry mouth, etc.
- No negative effects on memory or concentration
- No sedation or anesthesia necessary
If you are interested in scheduling a consultation for TMS Therapy or would like more information, call (815) 942-6323 Ext. 325.
For more information on NeuroStar TMS Therapy visit: www.neurostartms.com