Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation services offered in Timonium, MD

Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is an exciting advancement in psychiatric care and one that numerous studies find to be an effective and safe method of treating a wide variety of mental health conditions. In the hands of a skilled practitioner like Munachim Uyanwune, M.D., and the team at MIU Center in Timonium, Maryland, TMS can create positive changes in your daily life. Explore this treatment in more depth by booking a visit online or by phone today. 

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Q & A

How does transcranial magnetic stimulation work?

TMS uses an electromagnetic coil to deliver magnetic pulses into your brain tissue. The process is non-invasive. The treatment device stimulates nerve cells within your brain without incisions or implanted electrodes. 

The first step in TMS therapy is called mapping. It determines the best position for the equipment and the right amount of magnetic energy. Your practitioner moves the magnetic coil to various points on your scalp and activates the TMS device to deliver magnetic pulses. Your physical responses are tracked to find the best placement. 

During sessions, you rest in the treatment chair as your practitioner positions the magnetic coil against your scalp. Once the treatment begins, you’ll hear clicking sounds and feel a tapping sensation on your scalp. There are pauses in the process. 

What conditions respond well to transcranial magnetic stimulation?

Research shows that TMS is an effective treatment for depression. That is especially true in people who have failed to find relief through more traditional efforts like talk therapy or medication. This is known as treatment-resistant depression and is challenging for both patients and practitioners. 

Additional research suggests that TMS can be beneficial in treating other conditions. As with depression, individuals who have not had success with other treatments often achieve improvement with TMS therapy. 

Some conditions that respond well to TMS include:

  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Postpartum depression
  • Anxiety disorders 
  • Migraines
  • Binge eating disorder
  • Chronic pain
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Traumatic brain injury

Your provider will assess your personal mental health history to determine if you’re a good candidate for TMS. 

Is transcranial magnetic stimulation painful?

You’ll wear hearing protection gear to avoid any damage from the sounds generated during treatments. Minimal scalp discomfort is normal. It will occur only when you hear the tapping sounds. In the pauses between these sounds, there is no discomfort. 

Some people report mild-to-moderate pain during sessions. A few experience issues like headaches, neck pain, or ringing in the ears for a few moments after sessions. 

For most people, any discomfort experienced during TMS sessions is far outweighed by the improvements as a result of treatment. If you have additional questions or concerns, schedule a visit at MIU Center online or over the phone to learn more.