With NeuroStar, patients can achieve long-term remission for their depression. People with depression experience a lack of activity in key areas of the brain. This causes an imbalance of their brains’ neurotransmitters, which are the chemical messengers responsible for sending signals between brain cells.
NeuroStar works by reactivating those key areas through transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). NeuroStar does not use electroconvulsive therapy (ECT).
During a NeuroStar treatment session, technicians use a magnet to target the area of the brain that is thought to control mood and stimulate the cells within this area. This magnet is similar in strength to an MRI machine, and the magnetic pulses it emits may positively affect the brain’s neurotransmitter levels. This is what makes long-term remission possible.
Simply recline in the comfortable treatment chair and your technician will position a small magnetic coil gently on your head.
NeuroStar sends magnetic pulses to stimulate the brain’s target areas. It’s normal to hear clicking sounds and feel tapping sensations on your head.
Each NeuroStar Advanced Therapy treatment takes less than 19 minutes depending on your doctor’s recommendation. You can resume your regular activities immediately!
Often known as TMS, transcranial magnetic stimulation can improve symptoms of depression by stimulating under-active nerve cells in the brain through a non-invasive procedure that uses magnetic fields. TMS is usually turned to as an alternative to medication or when antidepressant medications have ceased working or haven’t been effective.
TMS uses magnetic pulses to precisely stimulate specific parts of the brain.
Depending on your doctor’s recommendation, initial courses of treatment are typically about 19-37 minutes per session over a 4-6 week timeframe.
Many Medicare and commercial insurance plans recognize the effectiveness of NeuroStar TMS Therapy for treating depression and now cover it in their plans.
For people who want to avoid side effects like dry mouth, nausea, sexual dysfunction, sedation, or weight gain, TMS is a good alternative since it won’t circulate in the bloodstream and cause these issues. During clinical trials, the most common TMS side effects reported were mild to moderate headaches and scalp discomfort, which occurred less after the first week of treatment.
No, TMS Therapy uses a unique delivery of magnetic fields for therapeutic benefits. The magnetic pulses’ intensity is similar to those from an MRI. These techniques are drastically different from the popular use of magnets that emit low-intensity, static fields. Those other products deliver undirected and weak static fields which are not able to activate the brain cells. The stimulation and activation of brain cells is key to why TMS Therapy is so effective.