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TMS Therapy

At Arcara, we are committed to providing cutting-edge solutions for mental health issues.

Using NeuroStar Advanced transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) therapy, we offer a non-drug, noninvasive alternative treatment for people who have not found relief with medication. NeuroStar is a safe and proven treatment for depression (among other mental health issues) without the side effects of pharmaceuticals.

What is NeuroStar TMS Therapy & How Does it Work?

A groundbreaking and noninvasive procedure, NeuroStar uses focused magnetic pulses (with a similar intensity to an MRI) across the skull or cranium to revitalize underactive brain areas that affect mood regulation.

The stimulation “wakes up” the underactive areas of the brain, helping to alleviate symptoms. NeuroStar TMS improves mood and cognitive function by enabling healthier neural connections, making long-term remission a reality for many people.

Unlike traditional treatments such as electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), TMS is painless and does not require sedation. Each NeuroStar treatment only takes between 19 and 37 minutes per session. Patients are typically required to come in for treatments 4–5 times a week for 6 weeks or 36 treatments. While some patients may notice improvements earlier in the process, completing all 36 treatments is vital to achieving and maintaining symptom relief.

While the frequent TMS sessions might seem overwhelming to some patients, they are brief and can be conveniently scheduled before or after work. Since you remain fully conscious during the procedure and there are minimal side effects, continuing with your workday or even driving yourself home after your session is possible.

What does TMS Treat?

TMS therapy can treat various mental health disorders. The most common of these are depression, anxiety, and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). It may be used on its own or as part of a comprehensive mental health treatment plan.

TMS is also being actively researched as a treatment option for even more conditions. These include PTSD, addiction, autism spectrum disorders, and stroke rehabilitation. 

TMS for Depression

TMS therapy has shown remarkable success in treating depression, affecting millions globally. Using magnetic pulses to stimulate certain areas of the brain, TMS therapy can relieve the symptoms of depression, particularly for individuals who have not responded to traditional therapies such as medication and counseling.

The targeted approach of TMS therapy enables medical professionals to personalize the treatment to each patient’s unique needs and responses, optimizing outcomes. With minimal side effects, NeuroStar TMS is a safe and effective option for treating depression.

TMS has been FDA-approved for treating depression for over ten years. Extensive research supports its effectiveness, showing significant improvement in patients’ symptoms, quality of life, and overall well-being. 

TMS for Generalized Anxiety Disorder

TMS is a promising treatment option for patients struggling with Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD). TMS targets the underlying neurological causes of anxiety by stimulating specific brain areas. Unlike medications, which might bring a host of other side effects, TMS has minimal side effects and does not require sedation, making it accessible and convenient for many patients. 

Clinical research backs the effectiveness of TMS in alleviating Generalized Anxiety Disorder, showing significant reductions in anxiety symptoms and an improved sense of well-being. Patients undergoing TMS therapy often report feeling more in control and able to participate more fully in their lives. 


TMS therapy has been recognized for its effectiveness in treating Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). A condition often stemming from traumatic experiences, PTSD can be difficult to treat with traditional methods. 

TMS provides a fresh approach by focusing on the specific brain regions associated with trauma and stress responses. Through specialized treatment protocols, TMS can help reduce the symptoms and bring relief to those living with PTSD. 

TMS for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

TMS therapy is becoming an increasingly explored treatment for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), a mental health condition characterized by persistent, unwanted thoughts (obsessions) and repetitive behaviors or thoughts (compulsions). It offers a unique approach, reducing symptoms and enhancing overall well-being.

TMS for OCD involves stimulating specific brain regions associated with controlling obsessions and compulsions. By using targeted magnetic pulses, the treatment aims to regulate the abnormal neural activity that underlies the disorder.

What to Expect During a NeuroStar TMS Therapy Session

Before treatment, you’ll recline comfortably in the treatment chair, and a curved magnetic coil will be placed on your head. The physician (or TMS technician) will measure your motor threshold during the first session. Your motor threshold is the amount of stimulation it takes for your thumb or hand to twitch. It helps to personalize treatments to your specific needs.

A TMS technician will stay with you throughout each session. Patients are alert during treatment and can communicate with the technician as needed. During the session, you’ll hear a clicking sound and feel a tapping sensation on your head as the NeuroStar coil focuses treatment on the brain. The patented Contact Sensing technology ensures the prescribed dose is delivered through each pulse and during every treatment.

What to Expect After Treatment

TMS sessions are short, allowing you to leave right afterward without needing recovery time. Although you can drive home yourself, some patients prefer to bring a driver for the initial sessions until they become familiar with the process.

Is TMS Safe?

TMS therapy is regarded as a safe treatment option. It is a noninvasive procedure that doesn’t require hospitalization or anesthesia, making it a great alternative to traditional methods. It is also FDA-approved. In fact, the NeuroStar system was the first TMS device to be approved by the FDA in 2008.

TMS Side Effects

Using the NeuroStar technology, side effects are minimal, if experienced at all. It is a painless procedure, with some patients reporting a minor headache or skin irritation on day one. This is mild and short-lived, only present while the individual adjusts to the procedure. However, most patients have no side effects at all.

What Tests Will Be Done Before TMS Treatment

Before starting TMS therapy, your psychiatrist will conduct a physical exam and psychiatric evaluation to see if this treatment plan is a good fit. We’ll discuss your medical history, current medications, and any potential factors that might influence the treatment. This evaluation ensures that TMS therapy is the right option for you. 

TMS treatment, while safe, might not be appropriate for individuals with:

  • Metal implants in their head
  • Cochlear implants
  • Tattoos on the face or head with metal-containing ink
  • Stents in the neck or brain
  • Aneurysm clips or coils
  • A history of epilepsy or other seizure disorders

NeuroStar Cost: Is it Covered?

TMS therapy is regarded as a safe treatment option. It is a noninvasive procedure that doesn’t require hospitalization or anesthesia, making it a great alternative to traditional methods. It is also FDA-approved. In fact, the NeuroStar system was the first TMS device to be approved by the FDA in 2008.

What Tests Will Be Done Before TMS Treatment

Our patients’ success stories with TMS therapy highlight the real impact and transformation this treatment offers. From overcoming depression to finding relief from anxiety disorders, TMS has been a life-changing experience for many. 


What Happens After the Treatment?

Post-TMS treatment, patients often experience significant improvement in symptoms. Our team will continue to work with you, monitoring progress and ensuring ongoing mental health support. Whether it’s through additional sessions or other therapeutic strategies, we strive to maintain and build on the success of your TMS therapy.

Contact us today to hear more about how TMS therapy has helped others and how it might be the solution you’ve been seeking for your mental health needs.

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