TMS

MaxHealth Family, Internal & Sports Medicine

Family Medicine & Mental Health located in Colleyville, TX

Transcranial magnetic stimulation, or TMS, is an option for patients suffering from depression who haven’t found relief from their symptoms with other treatments or medicine. The MaxHealth Family, Internal & Sports Medicine team in Colleyville, Texas, offers the latest in TMS technology to improve your mood and manage your depression. To find out if TMS might be right for you, contact the office for an appointment online or over the phone today.

TMS Q & A

What is transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS)?

TMS is a noninvasive brain stimulation treatment option for people suffering from depression. TMS therapy uses electromagnetic induction to activate the areas of the brain that are responsible for your mood. Activating these areas can improve mood and reduce symptoms of depression.

TMS is a safe procedure that utilizes an insulated coil placed over your scalp to deliver electromagnetic pulses. TMS electromagnetic pulses are the same as those used in magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI, machines. The pulses stimulate nerve cells to improve symptoms of depression in patients who haven’t seen positive results with medication.

Am I a good candidate for TMS?

If you haven’t responded well to depression medications or other treatment options, TMS may help treat your depression symptoms. TMS is a more uncommon treatment for depression, but it can work well for patients who haven’t felt better with other treatments.

You may also benefit from TMS therapy in conjunction with psychotherapy and medication. Finding the best strategy to treat your depression may require some trial and error while you find out what works for you.

Talk with the doctors at MaxHealth Family, Internal & Sports Medicine for more information about your treatment options.

What can I expect when I start TMS treatment?

If the doctors at MaxHealth Family, Internal & Sports Medicine determine that TMS therapy may help your depression symptoms, you can expect to have repetitive TMS sessions over a period of time. Many patients have sessions five times a week for 4-6 weeks, depending on their needs.

Your first treatment session takes about 60 minutes, and each session after that will be about 40 minutes. During each session, an electromagnetic coil is placed on your scalp. You’ll sit in a comfortable chair and remain awake for the duration of each treatment session.

TMS is painless, and you won’t feel discomfort during treatment. The electromagnetic pulses are sent through your skull and into your brain, stimulating various nerve cells.

TMS can be a powerful treatment option for patients suffering from depression. To learn more about the benefits and find out if TMS therapy could be a good addition to your treatment plan, contact the office today.