WHAT DOES IT FEEL LIKE TO RECEIVE TMS?
Generally TMS produces a slight knocking or tapping sensation on the head. This is also associated with a tapping sound produced by the TMS device. When administered at some stimulation sites it can cause contraction of the muscles of the scalp and occasionally the jaw. Mild headache and transient lightheadedness may sometimes result from TMS. These symptoms usually resolve by themselves shortly after the treatment is over.
WHAT WILL TMS THERAPY COST ME?
Costs can vary with the type of treatment and protocol used for your specific diagnosis and needs. The first consultation (where your diagnosis and treatment is evaluated to determine if TMS is appropriate) costs $395.00. The weekly cost (3 to 5 sessions) varies between $550.00 to $1,200.00. The number of sessions needed vary between 6 (two weeks) and 30x (six weeks), depending on the specific protocol for your condition.
WHO CANNOT GET TMS THERAPY?
If you have any type of non-removable metal in your head (with the exception of titanium, braces or dental fillings), or within twelve inches of the coil, then you should not receive TMS. Failure to follow this rule could cause the object to heat up, move, or malfunction, and result in serious injury or death. The following is a list of metal implants that can prevent you from receiving TMS:
Aneurysm clips or coils
Stents in the neck or brain
Cardiac pacemakers or implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) - not an absolute contraindication
Electrodes to monitor brain activity
Metallic implants in your ears and fragments in your eyes (eg.welders)
Shrapnel or bullet fragments in or near the head
Facial tattoos with metallic or magnetic-sensitive ink in your head
Other metal devices or object implanted in or near the head (except for titanium, crowns and fillings, which are safe).
THE FIRST TO BRING YOU TMS THERAPY IN NZ
TMS is a non-invasive technique for gently stimulating the brain. It is used to improve symptoms of depression and other psychiatric and neurological problems, by using magnetic fields to stimulate the nerve cells. This treatment should be especially considered if you have not responded to antidepressant medication, cannot tolerate their side-effects, or simply prefer a drug free treatment.
Book your appointment to see if TMS is right for you.