About TMS

Revitalize with TMS therapies

Experience the life-changing benefits of TMS and TES therapy and exceptional medication alternatives. Achieve peace of mind and enhanced well-being through these leading-edge treatments. While both share similarities, their protocols differ. TMS can accelerate activity to combat depression, while low-frequency TMS slows down movement, effectively addressing anxiety, tremors, and insomnia. Discover a personalized approach for optimal results.

Our Methodology

At our clinic, our primary objective is to support individuals in achieving therapeutic progress by minimizing their dependence on medication. We strive to reduce the potential long-term side effects that often accompany the use of pharmaceuticals. Our commitment lies in setting a new standard for advanced mental health and depression treatment in Arizona.

  1. The majority of TMS centers and clinicians, amounting to more than 95%, predominantly focus their efforts on treating depression. However, at our Institute, we take a more holistic approach. We acknowledge the broader applications of TMS beyond depression and take pride in our ability to think creatively, offering treatment for a wide range of conditions.
  2. Our approach is rooted in evidence-based medicine. We strictly adhere to protocols that have been established and published in clinical trials. By staying true to scientific research, we ensure that all the treatments we provide are grounded in solid evidence and best practices.
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TMS treatment offers numerous advantages

  1. TMS can be used alone or with medications.
  2. Insurance plans usually cover TMS for depression and partially for OCD.
  3. FDA-approved TMS for depression, OCD, bipolar depression, and smoking cessation.
  4. TMS has a high success rate (70-80% positive outcomes).
  5. TMS provides long-term relief for up to 90% of patients for at least 24 months.
  6. Some patients may need additional maintenance TMS (35%).
  7. TMS is an alternative to antidepressant medications.
  8. In-office TMS appointments are fast and easy.
  9. TMS is different from electroconvulsive therapy (ECT).
  10. No anesthesia is needed during TMS sessions.
  11. TMS does not cause systemic side effects.
  12. TMS is safe for patients of all ages, including 12-year-old pediatric patients.
  13. TMS treatment does not require any downtime.

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)

TMS has gained FDA approval for treating depression, OCD, and bipolar depression and aiding smoking cessation.

TMS therapy aims to enhance frontal lobe function by boosting activity on the left side, addressing the underlying asymmetry contributing to depression.

TMS, also known as rTMS (repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation), involves delivering multiple magnetic pulses to the brain during each session. It is a recognized treatment for depression and OCD, approved by the FDA for adult patients. The duration of each session can vary from 40 seconds to 40 minutes, depending on the specific protocol and condition being treated. Additionally, TMS has shown promise in addressing anxiety, bipolar disorder, neuropathic pain, and other related conditions.

Understanding the Mechanism of TMS

TMS operates in a distinct manner compared to medications. While medications may entail side effects and potential risks like dependency, TMS offers a different approach. Numerous studies have demonstrated that TMS is often more effective than medication for many patients.

TMS employs magnetic pulses to initiate durable transformations. By stimulating the brain, it augments its capacity for self-modification and rewiring neural pathways, ultimately facilitating the restoration of normal function.

TMS precisely targets and stimulates specific brain regions related to different disorders. The gentle magnetic pulses, similar to those during an MRI scan but more focused, are used in TMS treatment. Just as in an MRI, you won’t feel anything during the session, and there’s no need to enter a machine, avoiding any claustrophobic concerns.

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Efficient TMS Solution

Express TMS, also known as theta burst stimulation (TBS), utilizes a unique treatment approach to provide similar brain stimulation as traditional TMS but in shorter sessions. With just 3 minutes per treatment, patients receive one session per weekday over 4-6 weeks, aiming to expedite remission and symptom reduction.

FDA-approved Express TMS employs lower stimulation intensity and shorter duration while delivering 50 Hz triplet bursts in a rapid cycle. This pattern generates potent excitatory effects that match or surpass the efficacy of longer standard TMS sessions.

Advantages of Express TMS

  1. FDA-approved with minimal side effects
  2. Convenient in-office sessions
  3. Highly effective for depression treatment
  4. No need for anesthesia
  5. Alternative to antidepressants
  6. No long-term memory loss side effects like with ECT
  7. Non-invasive treatment
  8. Quick treatment: 3-minute sessions compared to traditional TMS (19-37 minutes)
  9. Provides long-term results
  10. No downtime required

Insights into Express TMS

Before starting Express TMS® treatment, you’ll have an initial consultation to ensure you’re a suitable candidate. The first session, called the Mapping Session, will be conducted by a physician. Measurements will be taken, treatment areas marked, and the appropriate stimulation intensity determined. This personalized setting is programmed into the TMS management system. Treatment timing depends on insurance coverage.

Magnets generate a magnetic field during treatment and deliver pulses to the targeted brain site. You’ll hear clicking noises and feel light taps on the stimulated area. You’re fully awake throughout the treatment, which can vary in duration. We start with a lower intensity and gradually increase it to your ideal level, as most individuals can’t tolerate the full strength initially.

The Impact of Sleep on TMS Efficacy

Scientific research suggests that insufficient sleep or poor sleep quality can significantly affect the brain’s ability to form proper neuronal connections, leading to decreased neuron activity. This can influence the brain’s response to TMS therapy. At our Institute, we emphasize optimizing the quality of our patient’s sleep to enhance the effectiveness of TMS treatment.