TMS Therapy

TMS Therapy
If you suffer from depression that doesn’t respond to antidepressants or therapy, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) may be the solution you seek. The team at Neurovella Brain Spa in Los Angeles offers TMS therapy, which is FDA-cleared to improve symptoms associated with depression. Contact the Brain Spa at 855-855-BRAIN or schedule an appointment online to learn more about TMS therapy for depression, concussions, and other mental health disorders.

TMS Therapy Q & A

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What is TMS therapy?

Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) uses a noninvasive magnetic field to stimulate specific areas of the brain. The magnetic pulses promote electrical charges that boost nerve activity. When delivered repetitively to underactive brain regions, TMS can alleviate the symptoms of specific disorders.

What health conditions improve with TMS therapy?

TMS therapy is FDA cleared for treating depression, especially treatment-resistant depression that doesn’t respond to antidepressant medications and psychotherapy. Patients with depression experience significant improvement in mood, drive, energy, and general well-being when TMS targets the brain’s frontal lobe.

In addition to depression, TMS may relieve symptoms caused by the following mental health and physical conditions:

  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Concussion

About 15-25% of people with a concussion still have symptoms such as headaches, depression, and cognitive deficits three months after the usual recovery period. These severe symptoms interfere with normal daily activities, and they respond poorly to medications. One study, however, found that repetitive TMS reduced pain and augmented mental focus.

What should you expect during treatment with TMS?

A Neurovella team member positions a device containing an electromagnetic coil near your head, with the coil focused on the targeted area of the brain. The coil emits brief magnetic pulses -- similar to those generated by magnetic resonance imaging machines -- which pass through the skull and into the brain.

The pulses may stimulate a slight tapping sensation, but otherwise, the procedure is painless. Each TMS therapy session lasts about 40-60 minutes. A typical course of treatment includes five TMS sessions a week for four to six weeks. Some patients report a mild headache or scalp discomfort during the procedure.

What other therapies are used to complement TMS therapy?

The Brain Spa offers other effective therapies that complement the results of TMS therapy, including:

Neuroimaging

Neuroimaging allows the team at the Neurovella Brain Spa to see the brain’s structure and function, which is used to target treatments such as TMS.

Neurovella brain mapping and neurofeedback

Brain mapping uses an electroencephalogram (EEG)to map your brainwaves onto a computer screen while you perform tasks on a computer. It demonstrates which areas of the brain are overactive or underactive. This information is used to develop individualized TMS treatment and neurofeedback training that can rewire neural connections and restore optimal brain activity.

Virtual reality-guided meditation

Virtual reality immerses you in a peaceful environment, while guided meditation relieves stress and helps you achieve a state of mindfulness.

Meditation chair

A zero gravity, reclining chair that promotes deep relaxation with music and acoustic vibrations at frequencies that impact the brain directly. The combined effect relieves tension in your body and mind.

IV Infusions

Intravenous (IV) infusions contain optimal doses of vitamins and antioxidants known to alleviate specific health conditions.

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