Clinical trials have demonstrated the safety and efficacy in treating patients who have not benefited from prior antidepressant medication. NeuroStar TMS Therapy was studied in adult patients suffering from Major Depressive Disorder, all of whom had not received satisfactory improvement with previous treatments.
TMS stands for transcranial magnetic stimulation. It is used to treat depression by stimulating the brain non-invasively using electromagnetic fields, similar to those produced by an MRI machine. During TMS Therapy, a magnetic field is administered in very short pulses to the part of the brain that research has demonstrated to be associated with depression.
How does TMS Therapy work?2020-02-13T08:53:20-08:00
The NeuroStar TMS Therapy system uses short pulses of magnetic fields to stimulate the area of the brain that is thought to function abnormally in patients with depression. The magnetic field produces an electric current in the brain that stimulates the brain cells (neurons). This results in changes that are thought to be beneficial in the treatment of depression.
Is TMS Therapy like other alternative therapies which use magnets to treat some illnesses?2020-01-29T18:23:40-08:00
No. TMS Therapy involves a unique method of using pulsed magnetic fields for therapeutic benefit. The intensity of the magnetic field is similar to that of the magnetic fields used in magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI. These techniques differ radically from the popular use of low intensity, static magnetic fields. These products deliver weak and undirected static fields that are not capable of activating brain cells.
Is TMS Therapy like electroconvulsive therapy (ECT)?2020-01-29T18:26:36-08:00
No. TMS therapy is not like Electro Convulsive Therapy (ECT). ECT is a treatment based on using electricity to induce seizures. ECT requires anesthesia and has serious side effects, including memory loss.
On the other hand, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) uses magnetic pulses to non-invasively stimulate specific brain regions associated with major depressive disorder. TMS therapy is performed in our offices, requires no anesthesia, and has no systemic side effects.