TMS 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, ADHD and other psychiatric and neurological problems, by using magnetic fields to stimulate the nerve cells.
TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) 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:
WHAT CAN I EXPECT DURING MY FIRST VISIT
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, at timing of 5x a week for 4 - 6 weeks.
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.
MY FIRST VISIT: SET UP
When ready, you will be welcomed to the treatment room, where you sit in a reclining chair and be given earplugs to wear.
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.
MY FIRST VISIT: DURING THERAPY
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, wearing ear plugs, 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 45min.
You’ll be awake and alert the whole time, and 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).
WHAT DOES A SUCCESSFUL TMS TREATMENT MEAN FOR ME?
- 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.
Book your appointment to see if TMS
is right for you.
OTHER USES FOR TMS:
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:
Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Tinnitus (ringing in your years)