How does TMS Therapy Work?

NeuroStar TMS Therapy is a short outpatient procedure performed right in a psychiatrist’s office. The treating clinician uses a treatment coil to send pulsed magnetic fields, similar in type and strength to those produced by a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine, to the part of your brain thought to control mood.

TMS Therapy is a highly targeted treatment reaching 2-3 centimeters into the brain, directly beneath the treatment coil. This method allows for a very accurate type of stimulation.  These magnetic pulses produce very small electrical currents. The amount of electricity created in the brain is very small and cannot be felt by a patient. These small electric currents can cause the neurons (brain cells) to fire or become active and lead to the release of neurotransmitters (the brain’s chemical messengers).