What happens during a TMS therapy?
Before a TMS treatment, you will be asked to remove any magnetic-sensitive objects such as jewelry, metal piercings, credit cards. You might also be required to wear earplugs since the machine makes clicking sounds similar to those of an MRI machine.
The treatment does not require any sedation or general anesthesia, so you will be fully awake and alert throughout the therapy session.
Your first TMS session takes approximately one (1) hour and includes taking measurements to make sure that the TMS coil is positioned correctly over your head. The physician and/or TMS technician will administer several pulses to determine your motor threshold, or enough power until your right thumb twitches. This one-time process allows your TMS settings to be personalized, to ensure that adequate energy (or pulses) is given to stimulate your brain cells. Once completed, the TMS coil will be placed on your head, and the treatment begins. While in session, you can listen to music, watch a video, or just sit back and relax.