Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) stimulates nerve cells in the brain using magnetic fields in a noninvasive procedure. Comprehensive Behavioral Health (CBH) provides TMS therapy in a caring environment and private space.

What Is Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)?

TMS involves the use of magnetic devices that stimulate the parts of the brain related to mood. An electromagnetic field changes the electrical environment in your brain to improve the action of certain sections. Since patients with depression have decreased activity in these areas, TMS aims to relieve symptoms by increasing the activity. During a treatment procedure, the TMS machine applies short pulses to the relevant parts of the brain. Research shows that this treatment has a high level of effectiveness in reducing depression symptoms.

Does My Insurance Cover TMS?

As an insurance-based practice, we strive to make all services at CBH available for coverage. Your insurance may cover our TMS treatment if you have one of the plans we accept. Call us at 703-812-4642 to learn about insurance coverage for our TMS therapy. Let us work with you to find an affordable solution.

What to Expect During TMS Treatment

A typical course of treatment for TMS therapy involves five sessions per week for four to six weeks. Each TMS appointment will last for 30 minutes. You may feel relief during the fourth week, or you could need the full six weeks to see improvement. Your care team will work with you to manage your treatment schedule.

During these appointments, you’ll sit in a chair with an electromagnetic coil placed on your scalp. The technician will turn on the TMS machine, and it will create magnetic pulses that feel like taps. A TMS machine’s energy has a similar level of strength to an MRI’s magnetic force. Feel free to let the technician know if you feel any discomfort so that they can make adjustments.

Who Can TMS Help?

Patients who don’t get full relief from medication and therapy can try TMS treatment for depression and comorbid anxiety. TMS does not cause the same side effects as antidepressants. As a result, it works as an excellent alternative for individuals who can’t tolerate typical medication side effects. Patients who receive TMS therapy can use it on its own or combine it with other treatment strategies.

Benefits of TMS Therapy

Transcranial magnetic stimulation has:

  • FDA approval: The Food and Drug Administration considers TMS a valid treatment because of the clinical evidence showing its effectiveness. TMS has the same legitimacy as other approved therapies for depression.
  • Tolerable side effects: Most side effects from TMS involve discomfort at the stimulation site that goes away over time. Serious side effects are rare.
  • A high chance of success: Research suggests that more than half of patients who receive TMS therapy feel the benefits for months. Receiving regular maintenance treatment can extend the results even longer.

Schedule a TMS Appointment Today

CBH serves patients in Washington, DC, Northern Virginia and Maryland. Our multidisciplinary team provides quality care in a compassionate environment. We have two live offices in Arlington, VA, and Bethesda, MD. Check back in the future for more information about our new practice.

To schedule an appointment, contact our office using our online form.