About TMS Therapy

NeuroStar Advanced Therapy® uses a patented iron core coil technology to produce a highly focused MRI-strength pulsed magnetic field that, when directed to the left prefrontal cortex, balances the activity in the emotional centers of the brain which are underactive in patients with mood symptoms. The activity on areas of the brain affecting mood are normalized with the end result of patients feeling relief from their mood symptoms without the side effects of medications. NeuroStar Advanced Therapy is prescribed for 4-6 weeks, 5 days a week. Each treatment lasts between 19 and 37 minutes with patients awake and alert and able to resume normal activities immediately after treatment.

A Proven Non-drug Treatment

Many Benefits of TMS Therapy

  • FDA Cleared
  • Non-drug
  • Non-invasive
  • No side effects of drugs
  • Not ECT
  • Long Lasting Relief
  • Covered by Insurance
  • Proven to work

How it Works

Targeted Pulses

Magnetic energy similar to what is used in an (MRI) is used to stimulate the areas of the brain that are sluggish and causing depressed mood.

TMS Therapy is Safe and Effective

FDA Approved Treatment

Clinical trials have demonstrated the safety and effectiveness of NeuroStar® TMS Therapy in treating patients who have not benefited from prior antidepressant medication. NeuroStar TMS Therapy was studied in adult patients suffering from Major Depressive Disorder, all of whom had not received satisfactory improvement with previous treatments.

Many Benefits of TMS Therapy

TMS stands for transcranial magnetic stimulation. It is used to treat depression by stimulating the brain non-invasively using electromagnetic fields, similar to those produced by an MRI machine. During TMS Therapy, a magnetic field is administered in very short pulses to the part of the brain that research has demonstrated to be associated with depression. The typical initial course of treatment is about 19-37 minutes daily over 4-6 weeks.

The NeuroStar TMS Therapy system uses short pulses of magnetic fields to stimulate the area of the brain that is thought to function abnormally in patients with depression. The magnetic field produces an electric current in the brain that stimulates the brain cells (neurons). This results in changes that are thought to be beneficial in the treatment of depression.

It usually takes time for healthcare insurers to establish coverage policies for newly approved treatments such as NeuroStar TMS. However, many commercial and Medicare plans have recognized the effectiveness of treating depression with TMS Therapy and now cover TMS as part of their plans. See here for a full list of insurance plans that cover TMS.

NeuroStar® is non-systemic (does not circulate in the blood throughout the body), so it does not have side effects such as weight gain, sexual dysfunction, nausea, dry mouth, sedation, etc. The most common side effects reported during clinical trials were headache and scalp discomfort – generally mild to moderate – occurring less frequently after the first week of treatment.

No. TMS Therapy involves a unique method of using pulsed magnetic fields for therapeutic benefit. The intensity of the magnetic field is similar to that of the magnetic fields used in magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI. These techniques differ radically from the popular use of low intensity, static magnetic fields. These products deliver weak and undirected static fields that are not capable of activating brain cells.

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