How tms therapy works?

During an EMTR session, an electromagnetic coil is placed against the scalp near the forehead. The electromagnet painlessly emits a magnetic pulse that stimulates nerve cells in the brain region involved in mood control and depression. The therapy is performed by an EMT technician or an EMT doctor. It is an outpatient procedure, so it can be performed in a medical clinic.

If it's done in a hospital, you won't need to spend the night.

EMT therapy

involves the use of very short pulses of magnetic energy to stimulate nerve cells in the brain. First used in 1985, EMT therapy has been used by researchers around the world to help understand the function of different parts of the brain. Special sequences of EMT repetitive therapy have been tested to determine its safety and effectiveness for the treatment of major depression.

Early results from other trials have encouraged researchers to continue investigating TMS therapy as a treatment for major depression. During therapy at Madison Avenue TMS & Psychiatry, you will see a technician at each of your appointments, who will guide you through each treatment. EMT as a drug-free option is a relief for many people who suffer from depression and who cannot or do not want to take antidepressant medications for other reasons. The medical research community continues to work to better understand exactly how TMS affects the brain.

The EMTR procedure is used to create changes in the brain centers that control mood regulation and depression, leading to relief of symptoms of depression in sufferers. Because it is such a focal treatment, TMS doesn't have any of the traditional side effects that can be associated with medications. The first step to successful treatment of TMS is an effective mapping of the patient's brain to determine which point on the head should receive stimulation. Unlike ECT, RTMS does not require sedation or general anesthesia, so patients are fully awake and aware during treatment.

TMS is non-invasive and does not involve surgery or insertion of intravenous lines or anything else that is inserted into the body. EMT is recommended for patients who have tried many other therapies, including various medications and psychotherapy, without relief. TMS is not the same as electroconvulsive therapy (ECT, formerly called “electroshock therapy” or “shock treatment”). Because EMTR uses magnetic pulses, patients are asked to remove any objects sensitive to magnetism (such as jewelry or credit cards) before starting treatment.

EMT is backed by research as safe and effective for many people suffering from treatment-resistant depression, OCD and other mental conditions. For example, there is a lot of interest in evaluating whether RTM with antidepressant drugs is more effective than RTM alone.