Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is an effective alternative for patients with psychiatric disorders who fail to improve after other treatments. Highly skilled nurse practitioners Scott Lane, FNP-C, Sean Leonard, PMHNP-BC, and their team at NuGen Wellness Center in Boise, Idaho, offer advanced personalized repetitive TMS. The magnetic pulses stimulate underactive brain cells to reactivate your mood center. With regular treatment, you should experience significant improvements in your mood. To learn more about the benefits of TMS, call the office or schedule a consultation online today.
TMS offers hope to people with depression. It has FDA approval for patients suffering from major depressive disorder that doesn’t respond to other approaches (treatment-resistant depression).
TMS is noninvasive, drug-free, and typically painless. There’s no surgery, anesthesia, or sedation involved, so you’re awake and alert throughout the process.
TMS works by using magnetic energy to stimulate areas of your brain affected by depression. The TMS device sends short, rapid pulses of magnetic energy through your skull to the parts of your brain responsible for emotional judgment and mood regulation.
The NuGen Wellness Center team uses state-of-the-art personalized repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation. This version of TMS uses a smarter, more sophisticated approach than conventional TMS, which has a one-size-fits-all approach.
PrTMS® uses a proprietary protocol to develop individualized treatment plans that customize the TMS therapy for each patient. PrTMS can treat a variety of brain health conditions and help patients achieve optimal results.
Medical insurance might cover TMS for severe, treatment-resistant depression. To qualify for TMS, you must try at least two antidepressant drugs and experience no or minimal improvement. Or your current medication must be causing adverse effects that offset any benefits.
For each TMS session, you sit in a comfortable chair. Your provider performs tests to identify the correct places to position the TMS coils on your head. Next, they measure your motor threshold. This is the minimum amount of power it takes to cause a thumb twitch. Your provider can then determine the energy levels required to stimulate your brain cells.
The TMS coil goes on your head, near your brain’s front. During treatment, you may feel a tapping sensation and/or hear clicking sounds. This is perfectly normal and painless. After your TMS session, you can go back to your day as usual.
A TMS session takes around 15-20 minutes. The NuGen Wellness Center team recommends a series of treatments five days a week for about 4-6 weeks for optimal results. Most people enjoy a substantial reduction in their depression after a course of TMS, with half experiencing complete recovery.
To learn more about TMS and its role in mental health treatment, call NuGen Wellness Center or request an appointment via the online booking form today.