Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a safe and effective treatment that uses MRI strength pulses to treat the cause of mood disorders like depression. Unlike medication, which only treats symptoms, TMS targets the neurological problem: disconnected neural networks in the brain. During outpatient, non-invasive sessions, Salience treatments encourage positive brain activity to reconnect these networks, helping to create long-term relief from depression and often other mood disorders.
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Several weeks into the treatment, my mood started to shift for the better… I was finally able to get back to the things I love: running, writing, and hanging out with friends.— John S.
To directly target the cause of depression, we strengthen the salience network, which regulates your thoughts, behaviors, and emotions. This network’s deficiency – or lack of communication between your neurotransmitters – often results in depression symptoms, as well as symptoms of other mood disorders.
TMS treatment safely uses MRI strength pulses to increase communication and connectivity, and improve neural activity within the salience network. By restoring this network, or improving communication between your neurotransmitters, people experience improvement with their depression and often symptoms associated with anxiety, PTSD, sleep, attention, and cognition.
During sessions, you’ll recline in a comfy chair with a small magnetic coil resting lightly on your forehead while being relaxed by chatting with our staff or listening to music. There’s little to no downtime, and you can drive yourself to and from treatments.Request an Appointment
Focus on reconnecting to your life, not your insurance. Most major insurance carriers cover TMS treatment. Our patient advocates quickly handle details, payment options, and prior authorization before getting started with treatment.Learn More
Yes. Most insurance carriers cover TMS treatment. However, some insurance plans only cover the cost of treatment on a case-by-case basis. Before treatment begins, your personal patient advocate will verify coverage and review your insurance benefits with you, making sure you know the cost before getting started.
A major benefit of TMS treatment is that it doesn't cause the common side effects associated with antidepressants. Some patients report mild discomfort during the procedure; however, these effects are temporary.
Patients usually stay on their regular medication throughout treatment. TMS treatment may not eliminate the need to continue taking antidepressants. However, it may reduce the amount of medication you take, essentially minimizing the side effects associated with them. Based on your response to treatment, your prescribing doctor can help you determine what is right for you.
Our average treatment visit lasts 30 minutes and the length depends upon your needs and customized treatment plan. As a non-invasive form of treatment, there is no downtime. So, you can return to normal activity immediately after each session. Typically, patients undergo 36 sessions over seven weeks of treatment.
When treatment is completed as prescribed, there is no evidence that TMS treatment can worsen the symptoms of depression on a permanent basis.
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