Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) therapy is a form of brain stimulation therapy used to treat treatment-resistant depression and other mental conditions. It sends magnetic pulses through coils placed near the scalp to target specific areas of the brain. Any time people hear about something altering the brain, they are rightfully concerned.
One big question people often ask us, is if there are any activities they are not supposed to do while undergoing TMS treatment?
Here’s the good news, despite TMS being a form of brain stimulation there aren’t any restricted activities!
One reason TMS is the most popular form of brain stimulation therapy is that there are very few side effects, and the ones that it has are mild. Scalp soreness and headaches are the most commonly reported side effects. Typically these side effects diminish as the session’s progress.
TMS is an outpatient procedure and patients are fully awake and alert during the entire process. Patients are even capable of driving themselves home afterward. Some people feel more comfortable bring along a spouse, relative, or friend for the first few treatments until they know how they feel.
Patients can continue with their regular life while receiving TMS therapy. They can maintain their exercise routine, continue working, and live their normal lives. In fact, the only time patients report having to stop activities is in order to accommodate treatment visits into their schedule.
So, to answer the question, no there are not any activity restrictions during TMS therapy!
If you have any questions or want to learn more about TMS therapy feel free to contact us!