If you are about to start transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) therapy, you may be nervous about having a magnetic coil sending pulsed magnetic fields to your brain. Fortunately, TMS is a painless outpatient procedure that only takes about 30-45 minutes. Patients have a comfortable experience throughout the TMS therapy sessions with our Manhattan TMS doctors.
TMS is Painless
During your TMS session, stimulating pulses create a tapping or clicking sound that usually lasts for a few seconds, followed by a pause. This is often compared to the tapping sensation of an MRI. You may experience a light tapping sensation on your head. A small percentage of TMS recipients may experience minor headaches or scalp discomfort, both of which typically dissipate after the first few sessions.
How Your TMS Doctor Can Fix Discomfort
If you do end up experiencing discomfort from TMS therapy, there are a few options for our Manhattan TMS doctors to implement to alleviate your discomfort, including:
- Moving or rotating the magnetic coil to move it off of the nerve causing your discomfort
- Modifying the treatment location or pulse sequence
- More gradually titrating the stimulation dosing
With these changes, you should experience pain-free and positive TMS therapy sessions in the future. If you experience discomfort during treatment, make sure to discuss your concerns with our team at Mid CityTMS.
Find a Manhattan TMS Clinic
Our transcranial magnetic stimulation clinic is here to provide you with the best Manhattan TMS doctors at a convenient office located in Midtown. TMS offers a clinical depression treatment option without harsh or persistent side effects traditionally associated with medications and other methods such as ECT. Contact us at Mid City TMS to learn more about how to manage your depression. As pioneers of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation since 2009, the doctors at Mid City TMS have been able to make a difference in the lives of thousands.