TMS Therapy in DFW Metroplex Communities
Patients with a major depression diagnosis typically rely on medical and psychological treatments to improve symptoms and return to their thriving lives. However, if medication is not helpful, you may want to consider transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) at any of Texas Mind Science’s offices in the area, serving communities like Richardson, Dallas, and many other DFW Metroplex locations. TMS therapy is effective at treating various pain syndromes and mental health problems. Our of these conditions, most insurance companies will cover TMS therapy for anxiety, chronic pain, PTSD, and depression. If you’d like to learn more about TMS and the conditions it treats, we invite you to contact one of our offices or schedule an appointment online.
Defining Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)
Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a safe and non-invasive treatment option using magnetic pulses to stimulate your brain’s electrical activity. During treatment, we precisely target areas in your brain with underactive neurons, a problem causing chemical imbalances leading to mental health disorders. The magnetic pulses improve your brain’s communication networks, boost nerve activity, and rebalance your brain chemicals. These changes in your brain significantly reduce symptoms caused by various mental health problems and chronic pain syndromes.
What to Expect During TMS Treatment
We ask you to remove credit cards, jewelry, and any other magnetic-sensitive objects from your persons before treatment since TMS therapy uses magnetic pulses. You will also wear earplugs to protect your hearing and stay more comfortable during treatment. TMS therapy produces a loud clicking noise while the equipment runs.
After placing a small, curved magnetic coil around your head, we begin treatment. You will sit comfortably and relax while the magnetic pulses travel to a specific area in your brain. During treatment, you may notice a clicking sound or a light tapping sensation as the magnetic waves stimulate your brain.
After we finish treatment, you can return to your normal activities. TMS therapy does not affect your memory or alertness, so you are free to drive yourself to and from sessions.
Health Conditions TMS Therapy Can Improve
Texas Mind Science’s team uses the CloudTMS™ machine when performing TMS treatments. This cloud-based, repetitive TMS machine lets you access your practice data from the cloud securely. CloudTMS™ machines are FDA-cleared for and effective at treating treatment-resistant depression. Refractory or treatment-resistant depression happens when depression does not improve with antidepressant medication. Additionally, our multidisciplinary team uses TMS to help relieve patients’ symptoms related to other ailments. For instance, TMS may improve multiple aspects of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and autism. Some other conditions we treat with TMS include the following:
- Chronic Pain
- Peripheral Neuropathy
- Major Depressive Disorder
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
What to Expect During a CloudTMS™ Session
You relax in a comfortable chair when you visit Texas Mind Science for your first TMS session. Your provider will determine where to place the TMS coil and your optimal TMS strength. After we finish the calculations, we put them into the CloudTMS™ computer to set up the system for your next treatment. We put the TMS coil against your head, and the machine creates magnetic pulses that travel into your brain’s targeted area. Sessions typically last between 20 and 40 minutes, during which you may feel light tapping or hear clicking. However, TMS sessions are painless and won’t affect your cognitive abilities, so you can drive yourself home after your session and resume your regular activities. We achieve the best results with a series of treatments, usually consisting of four to six weeks of five sessions per week.
Side Effects of TMS at Texas Mind Science
While TMS is a well-tolerated treatment option, headaches and scalp discomfort are the most common side effects. These side effects get better quickly after you finish your session and typically diminish during your next few treatments. If necessary, you can relieve your headache using over-the-counter pain medication. If you have a persistent headache, Texas Mind Science can temporarily reduce your pulse strength to keep you comfortable.