Have you heard of TMS therapy, a revolutionary approach to treating depression and anxiety? With any new treatment comes questions and concerns about how it works. TMS, or transcranial magnetic stimulation, uses non-invasive electromagnetic fields to affect only sections of your brain associated with anxious feelings. While TMS therapy has helped more than 30,000 men and women, having questions is to be expected. Consider these TMS therapy FAQ to understand how the procedure works and how it may benefit you.
Is TMS Therapy Safe?
The FDA has approved TMS therapy use for the treatment of depression. Since treatment doesn’t include medication, the typical side effects associated with antidepressants are non-existent. In some cases, TMS patients may experience minor scalp discomfort or headaches, but these side-effects gradually dissipate after the first week of treatment.
Is the Procedure Painful?
Although electromagnetic fields are being used, TMS treatment is essentially painless because the current doesn’t pass through the skin. Most patients say the sensation is akin to someone lightly tapping on their skull. Again, side-effects include scalp irritation and headaches, which are temporary.
How Soon Can I Expect Results?
While four to six weeks of treatments are recommended, some patients notice a difference within two to three weeks. In clinical trials, more than half of the patients reported significant symptom relief after four weeks.
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Are you interested in this revolutionary depression treatment? If you want to find out more about TMS therapy, contact NeuroStim in Bellevue and Lakewood. Our practice provides compassionate care, and we are happy to discuss TMS treatments with you in more detail. Sign up today for a free consultation or call (888) 963–9467 to schedule an appointment for TMS treatments.
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