What is Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation?
TMS stands for transcranial magnetic stimulation, which is a noninvasive procedure that uses magnetic pulses—similar to those of a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine—to awaken parts of the brain that are underactive in people who suffer from depression. TMS is safe and clinically proven to improve the symptoms of depression in just 4 to 6 weeks.
How does TMS Work?
Effective for Express TMS is backed by research from one of the largest double-blind and randomized TMS trials ever conducted, and is cleared by the FDA. Many brain imaging studies have shown that specific areas of the brain, including the left dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (DLPFC) have reduced metabolic activity in depressed individuals compared to non-depressed individuals. TMS works by effectively turning the cells in the DLPFC on, and ultimately increasing activity in the DLPFC during a course of TMS.
Why Express TMS?
In the past, TMS sessions took up to 37.5 minutes. With 5 weekly sessions over 6 weeks, regular TMS meant that individuals were spending well over 1,000 hours in the office for one treatment course. In Express TMS, we use a patterned frequency which mimics the naturally occurring rhythms of the brain that occur during neuroplasticity (aka learning). This means that in Express TMS, your brain learns 10 times faster than with conventional TMS and your sessions only take 3 minutes.
What Conditions can Express TMS Treat?
Much like traditional transcranial magnetic stimulation, Express TMS can help treat depression, anxiety, chronic pain, PTSD, OCD, and more.
To learn more about all of the conditions that TMS and Express TMS can treat, please click here.
TMS & Brain Health: One of the First Centers in the US Providing Express TMS to Patients
By adopting proven and cutting-edge technology, TMS & Brain Health has become one of the first clinics in Southern California to specialize in Express TMS.
For more information about how TMS and Express TMS can help you, or to find out if you are a candidate for this treatment, please contact us.