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rTMS

Brain Treatment Center located in Carlsbad, CA

rTMS

rTMS services offered in Carlsbad, CA


If you need help with sadness, hopelessness, and fatigue caused by depression, you should consider repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) provided by the team at BrainCare Performance Center in Carlsbad, California. This innovative treatment is safe, significantly improves depression in 70-80% of patients, and produces long-lasting results. rTMS doesn’t cause side effects and is well tolerated by children as young as 12. Call the office today to talk with their New Patient Coordinator, or use online booking to request an appointment and learn more about rTMS.

What is rTMS?

rTMS is a noninvasive treatment that sends safe, painless magnetic pulses into the dysfunctional brain area responsible for regulating your mood.

The repeated pulses stimulate underperforming nerves, which boosts their electrical activity and increases neurotransmitter levels. These changes produce a significant improvement in your symptoms.

When would I need rTMS?

Depression changes your brain, reducing the electrical activity in certain nerves. The impaired nerves don’t function like they should, resulting in fewer neurotransmitters and diminished nerve communication.

What does that mean for you? It means you won’t have the brain power to support a positive mood and can become depressed.

The BrainCare Performance Center team recommends rTMS to treat:

  • Depression
  • Major depressive disorder (MDD)
  • Treatment-resistant depression (MDD that doesn’t respond to antidepressants)
  • Postpartum depression
  • Persistent depression with anxiety
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) with depression

You can have rTMS as a standalone treatment or along with psychiatric medications.

What happens before I begin rTMS?

You have two appointments at BrainCare Performance Center before deciding if you want to have rTMS.

During the first appointment, your provider performs a qualitative electroencephalogram (qEEG) to map your brainwaves and identify underperforming brain areas. They also do an electrocardiogram (EKG) to record your heart’s electrical activity and compare it to your brainwaves.

At your second appointment, they discuss the results and your recommended treatment. You then decide if you want to begin rTMS.

What should I expect during rTMS treatment?

You sit in a comfortable treatment chair, and your provider places a padded device against your head. They carefully position the device to aim the magnetic pulses into the targeted treatment area.

A typical rTMS session takes 30-40 minutes. During that time, you hear clicking and may feel tapping sensations, but the procedure is never painful. Some people develop a temporary headache that improves with over-the-counter medications and disappears after a few sessions.

You have rTMS five days a week for four to six weeks. Throughout your treatment, your provider manages your progress and performs additional qEEGs. As your symptoms improve, you should also see visible brainwave improvement in each new qEEG. 

How long do rTMS results last?

Half of patients completing rTMS will achieve a total remission of their depression. The results last at least two years in 90% of patients who improve with rTMS, with about one-third needing an occasional maintenance session.

Call BrainCare Performance Center today or connect online to request an appointment and learn if you’re a good candidate for rTMS.

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