Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) directly communicates with the nerves in your brain, boosting their electrical activity and restoring the brain chemicals needed to recover from mental health disorders such as depression and anxiety. Sibyl Simon, MD, at Neuro Wellness TMS Centers of America performs TMS using a cutting-edge device called Nexstim SmartFocus® TMS. With SmartFocus, your treatment is personalized, precisely targeting the underactive nerves responsible for your symptoms. To learn if you’re a good candidate for TMS, call the office in Coral Springs, Florida, or schedule a free consultation online.
TMS is a treatment that uses MRI-strength electromagnetic pulses to stimulate the activity of neurons in underactive areas of your brain. As the nerve activity returns to normal, levels of neurotransmitters increase.
Many psychiatric disorders occur when your brain chemistry is unbalanced due to underactive neurons. TMS targets the brain regions associated with specific psychiatric disorders and boosts brain chemicals such as dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin to improve your symptoms.
The team at Neuro Wellness TMS Centers of America may use TMS in conjunction with medication or as a stand-alone treatment.
TMS is one of the most technologically advanced depression treatments available in the world. However, depression isn’t the only mental health condition that improves with TMS.
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved TMS for patients with treatment-resistant depression, which means their symptoms didn’t improve with antidepressant medications. The FDA has also cleared TMS devices to treat obsessive-compulsive disorder.
Additionally, ongoing studies show that TMS may improve other mental health disorders, including anxiety disorders, bipolar depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder.
The team at Neuro Wellness TMS Centers of America proudly offers TMS therapy using the FDA-cleared Nexstim SmartFocus TMS device. This revolutionary device utilizes three subsystems to deliver targeted treatments to a patient's brain.
This guidance software uses data from a patient's MRI to target the specific neuroanatomy responsible for symptoms. For example, people who struggle with depression often have dysfunction in their dorsolateral prefrontal cortex. The neuro-navigation system allows your provider to target the exact location of this and other brain structures.
In addition to targeting a patient's specific brain anatomy, Nexstim SmartFocus TMS allows your provider to assess your brain's unique electroconductivity. This information informs your treatment protocol.
The TMS stimulator is the device that delivers your transcranial magnetic stimulation. Unlike other TMS devices, Nexstim SmartFocus TMS is guided by extensive data on your unique circumstances.
With neuro-navigated SmartFocus TMS, your treatment is personalized to your brain anatomy. The team doesn't merely point the TMS device toward the general area and hope they stimulate the right neurons. Instead, they use sophisticated tools to identify and treat the precise area of underactive neurons.
During your TMS treatment, you stay awake and alert. The treatment is noninvasive and doesn’t require anesthesia or sedation.
You relax in the treatment chair, the device is placed against your head, and 3D imaging verifies it’s focused on the targeted area.
Then your provider turns the machine on, and the device sends the electromagnetic pulses through your scalp and into your brain. TMS only treats the targeted site without affecting the rest of your brain or body.
Most patients tolerate the treatment well. You’ll hear clicking sounds and may feel tapping. If the tapping is uncomfortable, your provider can make adjustments.
You may experience a mild headache or slight discomfort which can be treated with over-the-counter medications. You can go to work, drive, and participate in your usual daily activities immediately after your treatment.
TMS therapy includes a series of treatments over about six weeks. Most patients experience a positive response to TMS by the fourth week of their treatment, but you may notice the difference sooner or later than that.
If you suffer with ongoing depression or other mental health disorders, call Neuro Wellness TMS Centers of America or schedule a free consultation online.