Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, or TMS Therapy, is one of the recent breakthroughs in treating a number of mental health problems which do not respond to conventional psychiatric interventions, like medication or talk therapy. TMS is a non-invasive procedure that can be performed safely on an outpatient basis. Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation therapy is beneficial because it is both highly effective and very safe, along with having very low side effects.
As its name suggests, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation therapy uses magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in the brain. By targeting specific parts of the brain associated with qualities such as mood control, this therapy can improve the symptoms of certain forms of mental illness, such as depression, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), anorexia, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Magnetic stimulation is particularly effective for treatment-resistant depression or OCD, because it is a viable alternative to medication.
Before starting a TMS treatment regimen, patients of Dr. Rodriguez undergo an initial evaluation, followed by an initial brain-mapping session, to determine which part of the brain is to be targeted for magnetic stimulation. During TMS sessions, headgear containing a specialized electromagnetic coil is placed on the patients scalp near the forehead, to focus on trouble areas in the brain like the lateral prefrontal cortex. The TMS equipment delivers repetitive magnetic pulses which stimulate the nerve cells in that particular part of the brain. The process is painless, and does not involve direct electrical currents like more primitive depression treatments. Stimulation of underperforming nerve cells can improve cognitive functioning, depressive symptoms, and has other mental health benefits.
Raul J. Rodriguez, MD is the local Delray Beach provider of deep Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (dTMS) a more deeply penetrating form of TMS therapy only possible with the newer generation of Brainsway TMS technology. Deep TMS is more effective because it produces a magnetic pulse that stimulates a larger part of the brain than other types of TMS. In addition, the magnetic pulses produced by the H1 & H7 coils used in Deep TMS also penetrate into the brain deeper than standard TMS, thus producing more of a response in the axon of our brain cells. The larger, more penetrative pulses found with Deep TMS not only stimulate the target area in the brain (like the lateral prefrontal cortex) but also stimulate the neighboring parts of the brain which interconnect with the target area.
The end result is a higher rate in both response and remission of treatment-resistant depression and treatment-resistant OCD
In order to experience the maximum benefit of TMS, patients must receive a series of sessions, which are short in duration (approximately 20 minutes) and can be done without great interruption to work, school, or family life. The lack of side effects also ensures that patients can continue on with their lives while receiving treatment. Patients at Dr. Rodriguez’s brain science center in Delray Beach can receive Deep TMS as a standalone treatment protocol, or can combine it with our depression treatment program, which includes holistic treatments, psychiatric care, and intensive individual therapy.
“I was having a terrible time, they helped me out a lot! Thanks Doctor.”
“Dr. Rodriguez provides excellent treatment and care; he is very dedicated to his patients”
“My family spent a fortune sending me to other places for my mental health and none could help. I found Doc and his awesome staff and they saved my life.”
“I feel better overall. I have learned valuable tools to help manage my issues”