What is TMS?
TMS Therapy for Depression and Anxiety Disorders
Technically, Trans Magnetic Stimulation – or TMS – is a method in which a changing magnetic field is used to cause an electric current to flow in a small region of the brain via electromagnetic induction.
Besides being used diagnostically to evaluate damage from stroke, multiple sclerosis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), motor neuron disease, and other disorders, TMS has been found to be useful in the treatment of certain mood and anxiety disorders. In fact, TMS has received FDA clearance for use in adults with treatment-resistant major depressive disorders, while in the European Economic Area, various versions of TMS have received CE (certification) marking for bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder, and post-traumatic disorder (PTSD).
During a TMS procedure, a coil is placed near the head of the person receiving the treatment. The coil is connected to a pulse generator, or stimulator, which delivers a changing electric current to the coil. When activated, the coil produces a magnetic field that passes through the skin and skull. It induces an oppositely directed current in the brain that activates nearby nerve cells and stimulates layers of the motor cortex.
Depression and Anxiety Treatment in Walpole, MA
Neuro Behavioral Center is in the process of adding the advanced technology of Trans Magnetic Stimulation to its menu of services. For more information about this revolutionary therapy, please call our office in Walpole, Massachusetts at (508) 660-1666 or schedule an appointment online.