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Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation services offered in East Vancouver and Salmon Creek, Vancouver, WA

When medications fail to improve your depression or obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), it’s time to learn about one of today’s most innovative treatments: transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). At two convenient locations in Vancouver, Washington, Elia Gonzalez-Rodriguez, MD, and the team at Pacific Phoenix TMS specialize in this pain-free, non-invasive treatment. It only takes a series of TMS treatments over 4-6 weeks to get long-lasting symptom improvement. To schedule an appointment, call the nearest office or request an appointment today.

What is transcranial magnetic stimulation?

TMS is a non-invasive , drug-free treatment that uses magnetic pulses to treat certain mental health conditions. Mental health disorders are directly associated with underperforming nerves in specific brain areas.

Reduced nerve activity results in fewer neurotransmitters, which in turn causes psychiatric disorders. During TMS, the pulses travel safely and painlessly through your skull and into a precisely targeted area of your brain.

The magnetic pulses stimulate electrical activity in the nerves. As a result, the nerves release more neurotransmitters, and your symptoms improve.

What conditions improve with transcranial magnetic stimulation?

Pacific Phoenix TMS uses the NeuroStar® Advanced Therapy System. This TMS device delivers deep, repetitive magnetic pulses that improve:

Your provider recommends TMS for these mental health conditions when conventional psychiatric medications fail to improve your symptoms, or when you wish to take a drug-free approach to the treatment of these conditions.

How effective is transcranial magnetic stimulation?

The NeuroStar Advanced Therapy TMS device has undergone extensive testing. Additionally, over 5 million NeuroStar treatments have been performed since the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cleared the device for use.

Real-world outcomes show that 83% of people with treatment-resistant depression improve after a full course of TMS treatment, and 62% go into remission.

What happens during a transcranial magnetic stimulation treatment?

After you get comfortable in a reclining chair, your provider places a soft, padded, coil-like device against your head. They position the device so the magnetic pulses are aimed toward the treatment area in your brain.

You hear and feel tapping during your treatment, but you should never experience pain or discomfort. Some people develop a temporary headache, but this side effect typically disappears after a few sessions.

You stay awake and alert during the procedure, which may last up to 37 minutes. You can return to your usual activities as soon as the session ends. 

When do results appear after transcranial magnetic stimulation?

Most people need five treatments a week for 4-6 weeks. Though many people start feeling better in a few weeks, completing the full course of treatment produces long-lasting results.

The NeuroStar Advance Therapy system can produce results lasting for one year, but each person is different, and your results may vary. You may need to schedule a maintenance TMS treatment.

To learn if you’re a good candidate for TMS, call Pacific Phoenix TMS or request an appointment online today. 

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