Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Treatment

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) therapy is an FDA-approved treatment shown to provide relief for those who haven't had success with other treatments.

Available at Stella Center Chicago

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Treatment

Treatment-Resistant Depression (TRD)
Major Depression Disorder (MDD)
Anxious Depression

Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a biological treatment for depression that's rooted in brain science

TMS is an FDA-cleared, non-invasive treatment that uses magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in the brain. It is proven to improve symptoms of major depression disorder by sending magnetic pulses that regulate activity in the neural circuits in the prefrontal cortex, the region of the brain most consistently impaired by depression. Researches on TMS therapy's efficacy for depression can be dated as early as the 1980s.

Newer studies have found that TMS therapy also showed promise in treating other mental challenges like OCD and PTSD.

After TMS treatments, many patients have experienced: 

Improved Mood
Increased Energy Levels 
Better Sleep
Enhanced Cognitive Function
Pain Relief
Reduced Anxiety

TMS targets the biological change in the brain. 

Medical treatments for depression are usually centered around antidepressants that rely on the systems in your body to deliver relief.

TMS treatments go right to the source of depression — the brain.

There are specific areas in your brain that control mood. When synapses in those mood-regulating areas are underactive, connections are broken and depression can result. TMS revitalizes those dormant synapses, "waking up" the brain to function as it was meant to.

83% of patients that completed their TMS treatments with a NeuroStar machine saw measurable improvement in their depression symptoms.

NeuroStar Prescribing Information.
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Patients with Major Depressive Disorder Treated with Transcranial
Magnetic Stimulation. J Affective Disorders, 277(12):65-74.

Start your TMS journey with Stella at our state-of-the-art Flagship location just outside of Chicago.

How does TMS work?

TMS involves using a magnetic coil placed on the scalp, generating short pulses of magnetic fields. As these pulses pass through the scalp and skull, they induce small electric currents in the targeted region of the brain. The specific area targeted depends on the placement of the magnetic coil that is predetermined by our board-certified medical doctors based on brain mapping. This induced electric current, in turn, activates neurons in the brain.

The activation of neurons leads to the release of neurotransmitters, which transmit signals between nerve cells. This process is believed to impact mood regulation and other neurological functions positively. Over time, repeated sessions of TMS may induce neuroplasticity, the brain's ability to reorganize and form new neural connections. This is considered a key factor in the antidepressant effects of TMS.

Stella exclusively offers TMS via a NeuroStar machine based on efficacy, outcomes, research, data and science. 

What To Expect with Treatment by Stella

It all starts with a medical & biopsychosocial assessment with one of our experts. Stella's Advanced Practice Providers can help you discover the most impactful relief through smart applications of safe and effective treatment modalities.

Days 1-5

Establish a new routine of treatment and Stella.

Meet and gain comfort with the office staff and your treater(s)

Acclimate to the feeling of treatment

Days 6-10

Relax into your treatment routine with treatment

Build trust in the relationship with your Stella team

become accustomed to being in the NeuroStar treatment chair

Days 11-25

hear that friends and family may notice positive changes in you

Deepen awareness of your feelings and behaviors

Perceive improvement in your energy and focus

Days 26-30

Notice a greater sense of motivation

Have more resiliency when facing everyday challenges

Possibly question the need for continued treatments due to current response

Days 31-36

Experience significant relief from depression symptoms

Feel pride for advocating for yourself and completing 36 treatments

Continue noticing new improvements over time following your final treatment

Cutting-edge care that leads to life-changing results.

Stella's innovative treatments help relieve symptoms of emotional trauma and mental health challenges. One call could change eveything.