The FDA indication for Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation in patients suffering with Depression is generally a total of 36 appointments. These appointments include daily treatments, 5 days per week for 4 to 6 weeks followed by 6 taper sessions done on the tail end. Each treatment lasts between 18 and 24 minutes long. At South Bay TMS, we are open 7 days a week to accommodate patient scheduling and availability throughout this process. The treatment is completely non-invasive and utilizes magnetic fields to stimulate neurons and neurotransmitters. During the treatment process, the stimulated nerve cells alleviate symptoms of depression through the repetition of the treatment course.
In a TMS session, the patient will have an electromagnetic coil placed against his or her scalp, located very close to the forehead. This electromagnet coil will send out a magnetic pulse to stimulate the nerve cells located in the prefrontal cortex region of the patient’s brain. The stimulated neurons then act as a domino effect reaching deeper areas of the brain including the anterior cingulate gyrus and amygdala. These areas of the brain are known to be associated with mood regulation. There are no side effects and treatment process is extremely tolerated.