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TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) is a non-invasive technique for gently modulating the brain functions back to health. It is used to improve symptoms of depression, OCD, anxiety, bulimia, and other psychiatric and neurological problems, by using magnetic fields to stimulate the nerve cells. 

TMS is typically used when you found other depression treatments were not effective, when you cannot tolerate the side effects of medication, or simply choose to have a treatment without the risks of medication. 

This therapy is approved by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) as an effective treatment for depression and OCD. Our equipment is also approved by the FDA, and Medsafe here in New Zealand. TMS is widely used in the Americas, Australia, Europe, Israel and Asia. We are the first providers in New Zealand (since 2006).

To help you better understand what TMS is and how it works, we have pulled together some helpful resources for you below to show that Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a safe, painless, non-invasive way of activating neurons
in the cortex of the brain:

Electromagnetic Therapy Offers Hope for Depression

Electromagnetic Therapy Offers Hope for Depression

Although several therapies exist for people with severe clinical depression, including medication, psychotherapy and electroconvulsive therapy, they don't all work for everyone. For many patients with severe depression — characterized by an all-encompassing low mood and loss of interest or pleasure in normally enjoyable activities — who have tried without success to relieve their symptoms with at least one round of medication, there now is a therapy that stimulates the brain, but does so without general anesthesia or lingering aftereffects. Called transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), the procedure uses magnetic fields to change the activity in a specific area of the brain thought to influence mood and emotion to improve the symptoms of severe depression, explains Ian Cook, M.D., director of the UCLA Depression Research and Clinic Program. The procedure is conducted in an office setting; a patient undergoing TMS sits in a chair resembling a recliner, while a large electromagnet is precisely positioned over his or her head to emit targeted electromagnetic pulses. While the patient's head is gently secured in place, he or she is fully awake during the 45-minute sessions and is able to read, converse, watch videos or listen to music. The therapy is conducted five days a week over four to six weeks. "Some people like to take a nap. Others like to meditate. All they really experience is the sensation of a tapping on the scalp from the magnetic field, even though nothing is mechanically tapping there," Dr. Cook says. Patients wishing to undergo TMS at UCLA are reviewed by a committee, which discusses each case to ensure that the patient is an appropriate candidate. Results from clinical trials have been promising, Dr. Cook points out. After six weeks, about 54 percent of patients reported improvement in their mood, and 33 percent were in remission from their depression. Learn more at
TMS Therapy for Depression



Once you book an appointment with us, we meet for an initial consultation to evaluate whether TMS is a safe and a good option for you. This is a great chance for you to clarify any questions you may have.

TMS therapy usually requires a series of treatment sessions to be effective. Generally, sessions are carried out daily, or every other day for two to six weeks depending on the protocol we use.


Your first TMS treatment runs a little longer than usual (approx 60min).
This is because your doctor will need to identify the best areas to put the magnets on your head, and the best dose of magnetic energy suitable for you. 


When ready, you will be welcomed to
the treatment room, where you sit in
a reclining chair.

An electromagnetic coil will be placed against your head. Mapping begins as we switch this on and off repeatedly, to produce stimulating pulses. You will hear a tapping or clicking sound that typically lasts for a few seconds, followed by a pause. You'll also feel a tapping sensation on your forehead.You are awake and alert the entire time, and able to let the doctor know how you feel.

Now that you have a feel for the therapy, we will work together to determine the right amount of magnetic energy you need. Your doctor will increase the magnetic dose until they see a twitching/tingling of your fingers or hands. This is your motor threshold level, and we will use this as a reference point to determine the right dose for you.

We can always change this during your treatment, depending on your symptoms
or side effects.


Once the coil placement and dose are identified, you're ready to begin. Here's
what to expect during each treatment:

•  You'll sit in a comfortable chair with the magnetic coil placed against your head.

•  When the machine is turned on, you'll
hear clicking sounds and feel tapping
on your forehead.


The sessions last between 15 and 60min.

You’ll be awake and alert the whole time, you may feel some scalp discomfort during the treatment and for a short time afterward. There may be mild headaches and transient lightheadedness. These symptoms usually resolve by themselves shortly after the treatment is over.


You can return to your normal daily activities after your treatment. Typically, between treatments, you can expect to work and drive (however you may wish for someone to accompany you/ drive you after your first session, if you want to gauge how you feel).


• Reduced number of follow
up visits to a specialist

• Improved quality of your life

• Reduced time off work

• Avoiding long term side effects of medication and of ongoing costs.


In the U.S. TMS is FDA approved to
treat major depressive disorder in adults.
In many European countries it is approved
for a multitude of other common brain conditions including:


  • Anxiety

  • OCD

  • Autistic Spectrum Disorder

  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

  • Stroke after-effects

  • Bipolar depression

  • Auditory Hallucinations 

  • Tinnitus (ringing in your years)

  • Schizophrenia

  • Parkinson’s Disease

  • Chronic pain

  • Migraines

  • Epilepsy 

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