Leaders in Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation

How Does TMS Work?

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is a non-invasive, non-medication, therapeutic option used for treating depression and OCD. This is a treatment for patients who have not experienced relief in symptoms from antidepressants and other psychiatric medications.

TMS uses a targeted pulsed magnetic field, similar to that of an MRI machine. While the patient is awake and alert, TMS stimulates the areas of the brain that are underactive due to depression and OCD. Treatment takes between 20-35 minutes, and is performed in-office while the patient sits in a reclining treatment chair. Our office now has an additional 3-minute Express TMS treatment (the shortest TMS treatment currently available) for depression. Sessions are administered 5 days a week, for 4 to 6 weeks.

Simple steps for NeuroStar TMS Therapy:

  • Step One: The patient reclines comfortably in the treatment chair, awake and alert.
  • Step Two: A small device containing the magnetic coil rests lightly on the patient’s head.
  • Step Three: The device delivers focused magnetic stimulation directly to the target areas of the brain.
  • Step Four: The patient can immediately resume normal daily activities.

During treatment, the patient hears a clicking sound and feels a tapping sensation on the head. The most common side effect is generally mild-to-moderate pain or discomfort at or near the treatment area during the session. When this occurs it is temporary, and typically happens during the first week of treatment. There are no effects on alertness or understanding; patients being treated with TMS can drive themselves to and from their treatment sessions.

To schedule a free TMS consultation in person or over the phone, please reach out to Biljana Tambik at (916) 473-2235 or via tms.sacnpa@gmail.com.