HOW IT WORKS
- The TMS treatment is performed in a doctor’s office and is very simple.
- The patient sits down in a comfortable seat.
- The TMS device is placed on the head.
- Pulses are delivered for a total treatment time of 20 to 40 minutes.
- The patient can then drive home or return to work.
TMS works by generating electromagnetic pulses directed toward areas of the brain involved in mood regulation. Small electrical currents are created and are thought to activate brain cells in these inactive regions, releasing important neurotransmitters such as serotonin and norepinephrine. Basically, it is a transformation of the neural network.
Even though the precise mechanisms of TMS therapy are still uncertain, it is constantly being explored and the benefits expanded. Its effects on the brain, and its ability to target depression has been impressive. The future is promising as techniques continue to be fine-tuned.