rTMS therapy is focused on the areas of the brain that control mood so it does not negatively affect thinking and memory functions, or any other normal brain functions.
During rTMS therapy, there is no need for sedation or anesthesia; patients are awake, alert and are able to resume normal activities after a treatment session. We administer TMS in a convenient outpatient setting, so there is no hospitalisation needed.
The use of rTMS as a treatment can have slight side effects. The most common side effect is the development of a short period of light muscular tension headache as a result of the stimulation. This can often be easily remedied with a light painkiller.
On average, people with depressive symptoms need about 20-30 sessions. The best effect of the rTMS treatment is achieved by following an average of 2-3 sessions per week. Usually there should be a noticeable effect within 10-15 sessions.
rTMS therapy uses magnetic energy to stimulate brain cells which helps them to naturally release needed chemicals necessary for proper mood regulation.
We only use protocols that have demonstrated the latest clinical efficacy. By combining rTMS with psychotherapy, research shows that this is effective in 66% of treated clients with depression.