Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation
How does TMS work?
|Drs. Dan Maixner and Steve Taylor with the TMS therapy chair|
TMS is a form of brain stimulation, also known as “neuromodulation,” that is used to treat depression by stimulating the brain using electromagnetic fields, completely non-invasively.
During TMS therapy, a device that generates a magnetic field is used to induce electrical currents in the brain. The device is placed over key areas of the head, and the magnetic field is administered in very short pulses, precisely targeting a part of the brain that regulates mood.
TMS treatments are an outpatient procedure, which means they are done in an office setting. Patients are seated in a treatment chair during treatments and remain awake throughout the procedure. Patients may go about their normal daily routines immediately following treatment. The typical initial treatment course consists of daily treatments over a 4-to-6-week period, for an average of 20-30 total treatments. Each treatment session lasts approximately 40 minutes.