Do you live with chronic pain or discomfort? If you have a chronic pain condition like fibromyalgia, you should know more about the benefits of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) treatment. That’s especially true if you also suffer from co-existing mental health issues like depression, also treatable with TMS.
At Greater Lowell Psychiatric Associates of North Chelmsford, Massachusetts, our team uses therapeutic tools like TMS treatment to improve your quality of life as much as possible. Could TMS treatment be right for you?
Consult with Dr. Ronald Winfield and the Greater Lowell Psychiatric Associates team to find out! Here’s what you need to know about how TMS works, and how TMS treatment could work for you!
What TMS treatment does
TMS therapy is noninvasive and non-drug-based. Instead, this treatment method uses magnetic stimulation to retrain your brain. The CloudTMS device is state-of-the-art, giving you the best results from your TMS therapy.
During treatment, your provider positions a stimulator coil on top of your head. When the stimulator coil is active, you may feel a slight pulsing sensation. If you have any initial discomfort related to the coil, let your provider know, and we can adjust the intensity of your stimulation treatment. Discomfort tends to reduce over time with TMS treatment.
The short, repeated pulses of magnetic energy emitted by the stimulator coil during your treatment activate the part of your brain that regulates your moods. This part of your brain is also associated with chronic pain. As the magnetic energy stimulates your brain, neurons are activated and the release of neurotransmitters accelerates.
TMS treatment has been shown to be effective as a way to increase chemical activity in your brain, and acts on serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine. These changes can help significantly with chronic pain and physical issues.
To complete your TMS therapy, you need multiple stimulation sessions spaced out over 12 weeks. 36 sessions are needed in total. Your results may be long-lasting, with benefits for a year or more. Maintenance treatments are also a possibility, if needed.
Who can benefit from TMS
TMS isn’t only for mental health. Because your mind and body are closely linked, TMS treatment can also help you feel better physically, as well.
TMS treatment is a great option for you to explore if your physical and mental health haven’t benefited sufficiently from approaches like medication management. TMS has been approved by the FDA as a treatment for Major Depressive Disorder since 2008, and additional uses for this transformative treatment are still being learned about.
At Greater Lowell Psychiatric Associates, we offer TMS treatment on an outpatient basis. You don’t need any sedation or anesthesia to get you through your treatment, and you don’t need to worry too much about post-treatment side effects, as those tend to be minimal. Many patients don’t have side effects at all from TMS.
To learn more about all the ways that TMS treatment could improve your physical and mental well-being and quality of life, contact Dr. Winfield and the team at Greater Lowell Psychiatric Associates. Could you be a good candidate for this treatment? Find out now!
Schedule your initial TMS consultation appointment by calling today, or request an appointment online.