AIM Wellbeing is constantly working to provide the highest quality of care to our patients. Through our new psychiatrist, Dr. R. Dewayne Book, MD, we are thrilled to soon begin offering TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) Therapy at our offices in Raleigh.
If you are not yet familiar with TMS Therapy, it is one of the most exciting clinically validated treatments in mental healthcare. To help, we have put together a short guide that goes over the basics of this cutting-edge new offering for our clients.
Naturally, if you are curious and want to learn more or set up a free consultation, you can always contact us today!
What Is TMS Therapy (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation)?
TMS Therapy is a groundbreaking form of mental health treatment that utilizes magnetic pulses to stimulate areas of the brain which function at subdued levels when someone is struggling with smoking addiction, OCD, or depression.
TMS Therapy is actually entirely non-invasive and painless. While TMS machines used to be unwieldy, loud, and a bit intimidating, recent technological advances have allowed for TMS technology to fit into a machine no larger than a common ultrasound machine, with many devices themselves being no larger than a 10-gallon hat.
The technology used by Dr. Book at AIM will allow for precision targeting of different areas of the brain. Through calibration tuned to your personal physiology, we will be able to determine the specific path, and strength of magnetic pulse needed to create a response in underactive areas of the brain associated with your mental illness.
How Does TMS Therapy Work?
TMS Therapy is done over the course of a number of sessions. Usually several times a week for 4 to 6 weeks. It is best done in unison with additional forms of therapy which differ based on a client’s individual needs. TMS Therapy helped those suffering from treatment-resistant depression find remission almost twice as often as those in placebo trials.
Different TMS devices have uniquely shaped coils within them which produce specific magnetic pulses which resonate with parts of the brain that have altered activity during mental illness. These are outlined below. Luckily they are contained within a comfortable and easy-to-wear hat-like device.
When clients arrive for a session, they will be brought back into one of our TMS therapy rooms, and be fitted with the device that corresponds to the diagnosis to be treated. From there, the device will be calibrated, and the session will begin!
How Long Does TMS Therapy Last?
A normal session of TMS therapy usually lasts about 45 minutes. How many sessions each patient will need varies from person to person and is determined through individualized treatment plans.
What Does TMS Therapy Treat? Is It Right For Me?
Ultimately the only way to know for sure is to schedule a free consultation. We want to help you determine the absolute best path forward on your mental health and wellness journey whether that is through TMS or any of our other many services.
Currently, AIM only uses TMS to treat depression. Depression is only a small fraction of what the FDA has cleared TMS Therapy to treat.
Currently, BrainsWay, the company which manufactures the TMS device used by AIM is cleared by the FDA to treat:
- Treatment-Resistant Depression
- Smoking Addiction
- Anxious Depression
Are There Risks With TMS?
TMS requires no surgery or implantation of a device and is considered extremely low risk. That being said, anyone with metal implanted in their head, or body that is susceptible to magnetic interference commonly cannot undergo TMS Therapy.
At AIM Wellbeing, our in-house TMS expert, Dr. R. Dewayne Book ensures that each client we pair with TMS as a possible treatment path is a qualified candidate with the lowest possible risk of any minor side effects. Please feel free to contact us today to learn more or set up a free consultation.
If you are curious about learning more about this procedure, we recommend this article from The Mayo Clinic or this FAQ section from John Hopkins.