Neurostar TMS Therapy uses short pulses of magnetic fields to stimulate the under-active area of the brain thought to be involved with mood regulation. The treatment coil is placed on the left prefrontal cortex and produces a small electrical current that penetrates about 2-3 centimeters into the targeted are of the brain. These electrical currents stimulate the brain cells (neurons) which are thought to release neurotransmitters like serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine. Since a chemical imbalance in the brain is thought to play a factor in depression, TMS Therapy can help restore the balance and relieve depressive symptoms. TMS Therapy involves the application of short magnetic pulse via a treatment coil to stimulate neurons in the left dorsolateral prefrontal cortex. The coil is placed on the left side of the scalp and produces small electrical currents that penetrate about 2-3 centimeters into the targeted area of the brain. These electrical currents help trigger the release of neurotransmitters such as serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine, which in turn help restore any chemical imbalances which may be contributing to depressive symptoms.
The magnetic field utilized in TMS Therapy is similar to that which is used in an Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machine, and produces a clicking sound as it delivers the pulses. Most patients describe the sensation of the pulses as a tapping on the head, and many say it sounds like a “woodpecker.” Rest assured, nothing is actually “tapping” you on the head; this is just a sensation produced by the magnetic pulsing.
Each TMS Therapy session lasts between 18-22 minutes, depending on your individualized treatment parameters. TMS Therapy is non-systemic, meaning that it does not affect other systems of the body except for the targeted brain area. That means you can safely resume your normal daily activities after a TMS Therapy treatment session. In addition, there are no negative effects on memory or sleep.