Depression or anxiety is a treatable condition, but standard treatments are sometimes ineffective for some people struggling with it. If you’re looking for something other than standard mental health services, visit Alleviant Rogers to learn more about TMS therapy services in Rogers, Arkansas. We specialize in holistic and integrative treatments for clients struggling with treatment-resistant issues, such as anxiety disorders, chronic pain disorders, and depression.
Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is typically recommended to clients struggling with depression when traditional treatments such as medications and psychotherapy don’t work. The same is true for clients struggling with treatment-resistant anxiety disorders. If you’re interested in learning more about the TMS therapy treatment program for anxiety or depression in Rogers, Arkansas, reach out to Alleviant Rogers today by calling 479.309.1427 or contacting our team online.
What to Expect from TMS Therapy Services in Rogers?
This treatment for anxiety or depression involves delivering repetitive magnetic pulses to a client’s brain, so it’s also usually called repetitive TMS, or rTMS.
It’s important to remember that TMS therapy is a noninvasive procedure. There is little to no pain involved and TMS therapy is usually only recommended when other treatments have been ineffective. However, before undergoing TMS therapy, a client may need:
- A physical exam, possibly with lab tests or other tests
- A psychiatric evaluation to discuss a client’s depression history and experience
These assessments help to make sure that TMS therapy is a safe and ideal option for a client.
How Does TMS Treatment Work?
During a TMS therapy session, an electromagnetic coil goes against a client’s scalp near their forehead. This electromagnetic coil painlessly delivers a repetitive magnetic pulse to stimulate nerve cells in the region of the brain involved in mood control. The repetitive nature of the procedure activates the brain region that has decreased activity in depression. It’s also thought to help ease anxiety symptoms.
While experts don’t fully understand how TMS therapy works, studies reveal that magnetic stimulation affects how the brain works. The impact seems to ease anxiety or depression symptoms and improve mood control.
Should You Consider a TMS Therapy Program in Rogers for Anxiety or Depression?
If you or a loved one is struggling with treatment-resistant anxiety or depression, and your doctor recommends a TMS therapy program, you should consider it. Unlike other new types of therapy, such as electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) or vagus nerve stimulation (VNS), TMS therapy doesn’t cause seizures, doesn’t require anesthetic sedation, and doesn’t need surgical implantation of electrodes.
TMS therapy is considered safe and well-tolerated for most clients. However, clients can experience some side effects after a TMS therapy session. These side effects are generally mild to moderate. They improve shortly after the first session and decrease over time with additional sessions. TMS therapy’s side effects may include the following:
- Feeling lightheaded
- Scalp discomfort at the site of stimulation
- Spasming, tingling, or twitching of facial muscles
If you’re worried about the side effects, you can talk to your doctor about the risks of undergoing TMS therapy and whether or not it’s worth trying in your case. Your doctor can also adjust the level of magnetic stimulation if you reacted poorly to your initial TMS therapy session to reduce the intensity of unwanted side effects. They may also recommend taking an over-the-counter (OTC) pain medication before the next TMS therapy session.
Remember that some side effects of TMS therapy can be serious, although very rare. Like ECT, TMS therapy may sometimes cause seizures. If you’re struggling with bipolar disorder, TMS therapy may result in mania. Clients can also experience hearing loss if there is inadequate ear protection during a TMS therapy session. However, more study is needed to determine whether or not TMS therapy has any long-term adverse side effects. Talk to our team to learn more about TMS therapy for depression and anxiety at our Rogers location.
Learn More About Alleviant Rogers’s TMS Therapy Program in Rogers, AR
Contact Alleviant Rogers today if you’re looking for a TMS therapy program for depression in Rogers, Arkansas. Reach out to our team online or call 479.309.1427.
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