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What Is TMS Therapy?

About Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)

TMS Therapy is an alternative treatment for patients suffering from depression who haven't found success from past treatment using antidepressants. This revolutionary technology has been long-studied but has only been recently introduced to the market.

After being cleared by the FDA in 2008, TMS has immediately made a mark as an impressive treatment for depression, proving to be non-invasive, safe, and highly effective for patients who haven't responded to one or more medications.

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TMS or Mert Therapy is:

Non-invasive

Meaning that it doesn't involve surgery. It also doesn't require any anesthesia or sedation, as the patient remains awake and alert during the treatment.

Non-systemic

Meaning that it's not taken by mouth and doesn't circulate throughout the body via the bloodstream.

Stimulating the Brain to Heal Itself

TMS was adapted from MRI imaging technology, and development began as far back as 1985. For the first time in the history of psychiatry, we have a tool that can actually make changes within targeted areas of the brain without any invasive procedures, injections, or surgeries.

Simple magnetic pulses delivered to the surface of the brain activate the parts of the brain associated with depression or anxiety. TMS is completely safe, non-invasive, doesn't involve radiation, and provides superior benefits to antidepressant medications - without the side effects associated with them.

TMS is conducted right in the office while clients are awake and alert. No sedation is required, and clients can return to normal activities immediately after treatment. Each session lasts about 20-45 minutes, and is administered five days a week for approximately 4-6 weeks.

The use of the TMS has grown as research continues to prove its safety and efficacy. Tens of thousands of clients have received treatment without any negative side effects. Since December 2010, the American Psychiatric Association has designated TMS as the go-to treatment when clients have failed 1- 4 antidepressant medications, using the “Best Practices of Depression Treatment” guidelines.

Although TMS has been in use in Europe and Canada since 1994, the FDA finally cleared it for use in the United States in 2008, following a massive 100 site study that showed it to be a safe and effective method of treatment.

Most insurance plans cover TMS treatment for patients over 18 years old who suffer from depression and who haven't improved with antidepressant medications or are unable to tolerate medications.  You will find a full explanation of insurance coverage and requirements in the Insurance and Costs section.

 

qEEG Driven Treatments

TMS outcomes can be improved using qEEG brain mapping to customize the treatment to the patient's brain pattern. Brain Wellness Center has been a pioneer in the field of qEEG brain mapping. 

We have thought qEEG brain mapping and have processed tens of thousands of qEEG brain maps over the past 30 years, for other doctors and clinics all around the world in addition to our own

qEEG Brain mapping is a noninvasive technique using 21 channels of EEG recording to identify brain networks and functional issues.  qEEG brain mapping can assist in identifying depression, anxiety, ADHD, autism, brain injury, and memory issues, just to name a few. Here is how qEEG works.

When the cells in the brain communicate with each other, they use electricity to do so.  EEG recording is a simple way of measuring the electrical activity and connections in the brain.  Just like an EKG that simply measures the heartbeat, EEG does the same for brain activity.  It does not put anything back in your head or take anything out of your head.  We use a simple cap placed over the head and measure the cell activity.  The entire process takes approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour long.  Then our board-certified neurologist with 30+ years of experience is in this field, is able to process this data and compare it to other people's EEG who are in the database called normal.  This process can easily identify brain challenges compared to other people of same age and gender.

 

What is MeRT?

Mert is TMS with another name. MeRT uses the same TMS equipment,  to deliver the same TMS magnetic pulses to the brain.

Using qEEG brain mapping that has been properly processed by a competent and board-certified as neurologist experienced in qEEG processing is an excellent idea which we have been doing for years. Targeting the TMS treats to the patient's EEG patterns has helped us improve our successful TMS outcomes.

 

TMS Therapy Services

Brainsway dTMS

Brainsway's Deep TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) is a groundbreaking treatment for major depressive disorder, which is effective, safe and non-invasive. Deep TMS can help patients with severe, persistent depression, and has been cleared by the FDA for depression patients who tried any number of antidepressants without improvement.

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Nuerostar TMS

Clinical trials have demonstrated the effectiveness of NeuroStar® TMS Therapy 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.

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How Does TMS Therapy Work?

TMS devices work by generating highly concentrated electromagnetic pulses which turn on and off very rapidly. These pulses are targeted at areas of the brain involved in mood regulation and shown to be inactive in patients suffering from depression.

These magnetic waves make the cells that are targeted in the brain to change their pattern of activity. It can make the cells associated with depression to start working more because research has proven that in patients with depression, an area of the brain located in the front of the head on the left side is underactive. TMS magnetic waves will make this area more active,  releasing neurotransmitters like serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine resulting in a reduction of depression. In patients with anxiety, the opposite side in the right brain is over active. TMS magnetic waves can make these areas to slow down and become less active and therefore reduce anxiety.

TMS is considered extremely safe with no long-term negative side-effects ever reported. Results are expected to be long-lasting.

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