The exact cause of depression is unknown. However, the leading scientific theory is that depression is caused by an imbalance in the brain. The neurotransmitters or chemical messengers that send signals are imbalanced.
According to the WHO, more than 264 million people worldwide suffer from depression.
If you suffer from depression, you may have tried various courses of treatment including antidepressant medications. For qualified patients, an alternative treatment called Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation may help improve the imbalance and improve your mood.
Salveo offers NeuroStar TMS therapy in Lawrenceville, GA. Salveo is a Neurostar Gold Circle Provider, which means we have performed over 500 treatments in the last 12 months. The patients we have treated with TMS have reported positive changes and effectiveness after completing the full series of treatment sessions.
Read on to learn what TMS therapy is, how it works, and what the effects of treatment are for patients with depression.
What Is Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Therapy?
As a non-invasive treatment, TMS uses repetitive magnetic pulses to stimulate nerves in the brain. This helps reduce and treat the symptoms of depression.
Understanding TMS Treatment
Treatment is safe, easy, and painless. To start a treatment, a magnetic coil is placed on the head. The pulses stimulate nerves in the area of the brain thought to control mood and depression.
Treatment plans may be intensive requiring sessions five days per week for several weeks to achieve the desired results. Each session may last 20-50 minutes.
Purpose and Uses of TMS Therapy
Depression can be damaging to the brain. It can physically shrink the brain, cause inflammation, restrict oxygen, and cause structural and connective changes. Patients who suffer from depression are affected physically and mentally. Treatment is necessary for improvement.
TMS treatment is effective and can be used for patients with major depression when antidepressant medication is unsuccessful.
Does TMS Therapy Work?
The exact biology of why TMS works to stimulate the nerves and improve mood is unknown. When properly placed, the magnetic stimulation affects how the patient’s brain works. As a result, it positively impacts the patient’s mood.
How does TMS Treatment Help?
Depression is treatable. However, for some patients the typical medications or talk therapies may not work. When traditional treatments have been tried unsuccessfully, repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation is an alternative.
TMS therapy is a non-invasive, non-surgical treatment for depression. Additional benefits of therapy include:
- High success rate
- Long-term results
- Possible insurance coverage
- Use for patients with major depression
Risks of Treatment
Since it is not a drug or medication, patients experience fewer side effects. The most common side effects are headache, lightheadedness, or discomfort at the treatment site. These are temporary and should subside quickly.
TMS Therapy with Salveo Integrative Health
NeuroStar TMS Therapy
NeuroStar treatment uses a magnet similar to the strength of the one used in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machines. The magnetic fields stimulate nerve cells in the area of the brain where mood is controlled. The magnetic pulses positively impact the neurotransmitter levels and improve mood.
Schedule an Appointment
At Salveo Integrative Health, we put your mental health first! For qualified patients with depression, we offer TMS treatment in Lawrenceville, GA.
TMS patients have pre-set appointment times so they do not have to wait in a lobby or worry about checking in. The treatment room is prepared ahead of time so patients can be seen directly without any disruptions. The TMS room is spacious and cozy. It is equipped with a TV so patients are comfortable and at ease during their treatment sessions.
Contact us today to see if TMS services are the right fit for you.