Portland clinic at Montgomery Park

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ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS AT MONTGOMERY PARK

Our Portland clinic is located in northwest Portland, in the historic Montgomery Park building. To learn more about TMS or schedule a free consultation, please call us at 503-683-8438.

Looking for something a little closer to home? Check out our other location pages for details on our Hillsboro clinic at Orenco Park; Tigard clinic at Bridgeport Village or Salem clinic at Boulder Creek.

WHAT IS TRANSCRANIAL MAGNETIC STIMULATION (TMS)?

Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a non-invasive and pain-free procedure that uses a continuous electrical current to create a magnetic field around a specific area of the brain. It is believed that the magnetic field stimulates the reward and motivation pathways of the brain in the subgenual anterior cirgulate cortex, thereby reducing or eliminating depressive episodes.

 

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Is TMS Safe?

TMS is considered a safe and well-tolerated procedure. The magnetic field is equivalent to an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging scan). Patients are provided with ear protection
to minimize the noise created by the magnet. Recent studies found that TMS treatment results in almost no side effects, but those that were reported were mild or moderate. Side effects may include:

  • Discomfort from the electromagnet placed on the forehead.
  • Contracting or tingling of the scalp, jaw, or face muscles.
  • Mild headaches or brief lightheadedness.

In most cases, the level of stimulation can be adjusted to reduce side effects or over-the-counter medications can be taken prior to the procedure.

How Do I Prepare for TMS?

Anything containing metal should be removed from the body. In addition, it is important to disclose any metal or medical devices implanted within the body, such as pacemakers or stimulators. You will also be asked about medical conditions that can be impacted by TMS such as epilepsy.

WILL TMS THERAPY WORK FOR ME?

As a result of TMS therapy, depression may decrease or be alleviated altogether. However, it may take several weeks of therapy before results are evident. The effectiveness of TMS will increase as researchers learn more about how best to stimulate mood sectors of the brain.

Our staff is available to respond to any questions you may have about TMS therapy. Please contact us at 503-683-8438.

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From our initial free consultation, to our clinic’s recovery-focused atmosphere and all the way to the final treatment, our team is dedicated to facilitating each patient’s recovery from depression.

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MONTGOMERY PARK BUILDING
2701 NW Vaughn St. Suite 325,
Portland, OR 97210
503-683-8438