What is TMS?
Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a biological treatment for depression that's rooted in brain science
TMS is an FDA-cleared, non-invasive treatment that uses magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in the brain. It is proven to improve symptoms of major depression disorder by sending magnetic pulses that regulate activity in the neural circuits in the prefrontal cortex, the region of the brain most consistently impaired by depression. Researches on TMS therapy's efficacy for depression can be dated as early as the 1980s.
Newer studies have found that TMS therapy also showed promise in treating other mental challenges like OCD and PTSD.
TMS FOR TREATMENT RESISTANT DEPRESSION
TMS targets the biological change in the brain.
Medical treatments for depression are usually centered around antidepressants that rely on the systems in your body to deliver relief.
TMS treatments go right to the source of depression — the brain.
There are specific areas in your brain that control mood. When synapses in those mood-regulating areas are underactive, connections are broken and depression can result. TMS revitalizes those dormant synapses, "waking up" the brain to function as it was meant to.
83% of patients that completed their TMS treatments with a NeuroStar machine saw measurable improvement in their depression symptoms.
NeuroStar Prescribing Information.
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How does TMS work?
TMS involves using a magnetic coil placed on the scalp, generating short pulses of magnetic fields. As these pulses pass through the scalp and skull, they induce small electric currents in the targeted region of the brain. The specific area targeted depends on the placement of the magnetic coil that is predetermined by our board-certified medical doctors based on brain mapping. This induced electric current, in turn, activates neurons in the brain.
The activation of neurons leads to the release of neurotransmitters, which transmit signals between nerve cells. This process is believed to impact mood regulation and other neurological functions positively. Over time, repeated sessions of TMS may induce neuroplasticity, the brain's ability to reorganize and form new neural connections. This is considered a key factor in the antidepressant effects of TMS.
Stella exclusively offers TMS via a NeuroStar machine based on efficacy, outcomes, research, data and science.
How TMS Treats Depression
What To Expect with Treatment by Stella
It all starts with a medical & biopsychosocial assessment with one of our experts. Stella's Advanced Practice Providers can help you discover the most impactful relief through smart applications of safe and effective treatment modalities.
Days 1 - 5
Establish a new routine of treatment and Stella
Meet and gain comfort with the office staff and your treater(s)
Acclimate to the feeling of treatment
Day 6 - 10
Relax into your treatment routine with treatment
Build trust in the relationship with your Stella team
Become accustomed to being in the NeuroStar treatment chair
Day 11 - 25
Hear that friends and family may notice positive changes in you
Deepen awareness of your feelings and behaviors
Perceive improvement in your energy and focus
Day 26 - 30
Notice a greater sense of motivation
Have more resiliency when facing everyday challenges
Possibly question the need for continued treatments due to current response
Day 31 - 36
Experience significant relief from depression symptoms
Feel pride for advocating for yourself and completing 36 treatments
Continue noticing new improvements over time following your final treatment