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What Happens During A 
TMS Therapy Session?

The team at rTMS International - TMS Therapy London aims to make TMS therapy available to as many people as possible here in the UK. This therapy has been proven effective in treating many patients with mental disorders such as obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and depression.
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The team at rTMS International - TMS Therapy London aims to make TMS therapy available to as many people as possible here in the UK. This therapy has been proven effective in treating many patients with mental disorders such as obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and depression.

As more and more people are starting to take their mental health seriously and are looking for ways to deal with their symptoms to live a happier and more peaceful life drug-free, we are confident that our rTMS treatment can help.

TMS Therapy Session Procedure

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is a treatment that aims to stimulate the mood regulators of the brain. It is also referred to as repetitive TMS or rTMS since each session involves repetitive stimulation, and these sessions are continuously repeated over a period of time.

During TMS therapy sessions, patients have an electromagnetic coil attached to their forehead, sited close to the parts of the brain that regulate mood. The coil produces electromagnetic pulses, creating a magnetic field that is similar to an MRI scan.

No anaesthesia needs to be administered before the treatment. Once the treatment begins, patients will only feel a mild tapping sensation where the coil is attached. The expert applying the treatment will gradually increase power until the patient shows twitching movements in their hands.

The advantage of TMS therapies is that the strength of the pulses can be adjusted quickly and easily depending on how patients respond to the treatment. Each session usually lasts around 30 minutes to an hour, and the majority of patients have sessions five days a week over the course of a month or so.

The team at rTMS International - TMS Therapy London aims to make TMS therapy available to as many people as possible here in the UK. This therapy has been proven effective in treating many patients with mental disorders such as obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and depression.

As more and more people are starting to take their mental health seriously and are looking for ways to deal with their symptoms to live a happier and more peaceful life drug-free, we are confident that our rTMS treatment can help.

TMS Therapy Session Procedure

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is a treatment that aims to stimulate the mood regulators of the brain. It is also referred to as repetitive TMS or rTMS since each session involves repetitive stimulation, and these sessions are continuously repeated over a period of time.

During TMS therapy sessions, patients have an electromagnetic coil attached to their forehead, sited close to the parts of the brain that regulate mood. The coil produces electromagnetic pulses, creating a magnetic field that is similar to an MRI scan.

No anaesthesia needs to be administered before the treatment. Once the treatment begins, patients will only feel a mild tapping sensation where the coil is attached. The expert applying the treatment will gradually increase power until the patient shows twitching movements in their hands.

The advantage of TMS therapies is that the strength of the pulses can be adjusted quickly and easily depending on how patients respond to the treatment. Each session usually lasts around 30 minutes to an hour, and the majority of patients have sessions five days a week over the course of a month or so.

rTMS is approved by…

rTMS as a treatment has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) in the UK.

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TMS Therapy Effects

Here at rTMS International - TMS Therapy London, we are a team of professionals who have witnessed significant improvements in our patients’ mental health symptoms. For instance, patients suffering from depression have reported up to a 75% decrease in their symptoms, while patients with OCD have reported a 60% decrease in their symptoms.

Given the impressive results seen in clinical trials over the last few years, the success rate for our treatments isn’t necessarily a surprise. Some patients have experienced a significant reduction in their symptoms, while others have enjoyed total relief from their symptoms.

Patients who either do not experience full relief or feel their symptoms returning after a period of time can return to the clinic for additional sessions until they achieve their desired outcome. Our observation, though, is that most of our patients enjoy the benefits of their initial treatment for anything up to a year before they decide to come back for a further course of treatment.

In terms of side effects, no negative incidents of concern have been reported during the clinical trials carried out by other professionals in the field. This is one of the main benefits of non-invasive procedures like TMS treatment. Some clients have reported mild headaches after some sessions, but these subside quickly and can be treated with over the counter pain medications if required.

It can take a number of sessions for the positive effects of the treatment to become noticeable, so it’s crucial that patients stick to the treatment schedule drawn up by their practitioners.

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TMS Therapy Patient Evaluation

As with any other medication or treatment, people with OCD or depression must be assessed beforehand to determine whether TMS is, in fact, the best treatment for their circumstances and condition.

A psychiatric and physical exam will be carried out to ensure that the patient won’t experience any adverse effects. To check the patient’s brain activity, an Electroencephalogram (EEG) should also be carried out beforehand.

In addition, patients need to declare any medical or other implants they have in their bodies, as these could alter the electromagnetic pulses. Women who are planning to have a baby soon or are currently pregnant are typically not advised to have the treatment either.

TMS is not suitable for individuals who have suffered from seizures or brain damage in the past. It’s also not a recommended treatment for people who are experiencing certain other types of mental health problems, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and bipolar disorder. While studies are underway into the efficacy of the treatment for these conditions, there have also been some rare side effects noted that need to be taken into account.

Another important issue can be the age of the patient. While rTMS treatment has broadly been found safe for underage patients, there are some specific and stricter conditions that need to be applied in their circumstances.

If you are suitable and wish to try out the treatment, there’s no need to gain permission from your current doctor. Interviews can usually be conducted within a week of signing up for the programme, depending on how long the waiting list is. The interview and associated tests are carried out to ensure that patients and their conditions are well-suited to the treatment. If our team of professionals determines that the treatment isn’t the right fit for a particular patient, then an alternative treatment plan can often be created for them, depending on their unique needs.

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About TMS Treatments

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In the late 1990s, the rTMS technique was discovered to be a potential treatment for depression. Since then, numerous studies have been conducted on its effect among mental health patients, for the large part with extremely positive results. In 2008, rTMS was formally recognised by the US Food and Drug Administration as an effective method of treatment for depression.

Each treatment plan is devised and tailored towards the needs of a patient. Because each plan is unique, the cost of a course of treatment can only be estimated after the initial consultation. Generally speaking, patients need around 20 to 30 sessions to enjoy full relief from their symptoms. However, if a patient is already undergoing face-to-face therapy sessions in other clinics, the treatment plan and cost estimate may be revised to reflect this.

If you have health insurance, you may find that the cost of treatment can be covered, fully or partially, by your insurer. We advise you to consult with them before you commit to the treatment to confirm whether or not you will be reimbursed.

Our previous patients have shared their TMS for depression success stories, some of which you can see here on our website. If you are currently taking medication for depression or obsessive-compulsive disorder and you aren’t experiencing the kinds of results you may want, we would encourage you to give our rTMS treatment a try. This could very well be the treatment that can help you finally break free from your OCD or depression.

Give rTMS International - TMS Therapy London a call on 0208 243 8578 or send us a message to info@rtms-international.com for further details.

Frequently Asked Questions

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How successful is TMS?

Typically, around 50 per cent to 60 per cent of patients with depression whose condition isn’t responding to their current medications enjoy a significant TMS depression success rate. One-third of these patients experience a full recovery, meaning that their symptoms are alleviated completely.

How long does it take for TMS therapy to work?

TMS depression treatment works relatively quickly compared to most anti-depressant medications prescribed. Often, results begin to show within six weeks of therapy, but patients have been known to report changes in mood as early in the process as their first week of treatment. Unlike anti-depressants, TMS is not a long-term, everyday commitment to ensure recovery.

Does TMS change your personality?

No, it does not. The TMS remedy for depression or OCD causes no changes to the brain and does not impair one’s memory or thinking abilities. All you will experience is relief from the symptoms of depression or obsessive-compulsive disorder. Your ability to function and think will only improve as a result.

What can I expect from TMS?

TMS treatment is totally free of pain. The most you may feel is mild discomfort on the scalp or headaches in the treated area. However, this discomfort tends to dissipate after a few sessions as your body adjusts to the treatment.

What does TMS feel like?

During TMS medication therapy sessions, magnetic pulses go through your skull. These pulses then stimulate the nerves via small electrical currents. You may therefore feel a light tapping or tingling sensation on your head as this happens, and your hands may also twitch. Afterwards, you may experience discomfort in the scalp region, but this subsides quickly.

When was TMS invented?

TMS Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation has been utilised extensively over a number of years for research and clinical purposes. This non-invasive brain stimulation treatment was first introduced back in 1985. After lengthy trials, TMS was approved by the FDA in the US in 2008 as a therapy for patients with depression.

Does TMS last forever?

How long does TMS treatment last? The duration of the results will vary from person to person. Most patients enjoy the positive effects of treatment for anything from six months to a year before they decide to return for further sessions.

How do you know if TMS is working?

You may not experience any significant effects in the first few weeks of treatment, although some people do notice their mood lifting. Generally, a period of four weeks or more is needed before results become apparent. However, if you’re experiencing fewer symptoms from your depression or OCD, you can assume the treatment is working.

Can TMS affect memory?

No, it does not. TMS treatment has been carefully tested and evaluated to ensure that it doesn’t affect a treated individual’s memory. Many clinical trials have been carried out over the years, demonstrating that TMS is completely safe and has no effect whatsoever on memory or concentration.

How do I prepare for TMS?

The best way anyone can prepare themselves for TMS therapy is to educate themselves on what it is and how it works. Patients need not worry about the treatment or side effects as the electromagnetic waves used in the sessions are completely painless.

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation – A Great Alternative To Anti-Depressants

Depression is one of the most common mental health issues in the UK today. Anti-depressants are typically used to deal with the symptoms, but these unfortunately do not work well for everyone.

For stubborn cases of depression that are unresponsive to medication, TMS therapy can be highly effective. Up to 75% of our patients here at rTMS International have reported significant relief from their depression symptoms after completing their therapy sessions.
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Another advantage TMS offers is its lack of significant side effects. TMS is completely non-invasive, and the most that any patient will feel is a slight headache during or after every session.

This therapy can also aid patients who are experiencing other mental health conditions. The use of TMS for OCD has already been approved, and its efficacy in patients with bipolar disorder and smoking addictions, for example, is also being investigated.
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The Procedure For TMS

TMS cure sessions here at rTMS International are conducted by a professional, experienced doctor and do not require anaesthesia. An electromagnetic coil is placed on the patient’s forehead, sending electromagnetic pulses to stimulate the brain’s nerve cells. The process is similar to an MRI scan, and each procedure lasts only around 30 to 60 minutes.

During the session, patients may feel a tapping sensation on the forehead. This is due to the repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation pulses, and it is nothing to worry about. If the patient or medical professional notices any side effects, the pulses are adjusted accordingly to prevent any potential negative reactions from the brain.

3 Facts About TMS

Before you decide to undergo brain stimulation therapy, here are some useful facts:
TMS pulses can either decrease or increase activities in certain areas of the brain.
TMS could potentially increase the excitability of a certain part of the brain, improving neural processing in that area. This all depends on various factors, however, so it’s crucial to consult with a medical professional beforehand.
The physician in charge of administering your treatment will take TMS measurements by holding the coil over the primary motor cortex.

TMS Therapy As An Anxiety Treatment

Many studies have been carried out on the effects of TMS on various mental health issues such as OCD. However, further testing is needed with regards to its effectiveness in treating anxiety disorder. Experts need to determine the correct treatment target location, as well as the correct number of treatments and pulses needed to provide a patient with full relief from anxiety symptoms.

Although the data on TMS’s effects on anxiety is tentatively encouraging but still scarce, it is certainly a proven and reliable way of helping those with depression and OCD to free themselves of their current symptoms and live a normal life. To learn more about how our TMS therapy sessions can help you, give us a call today.
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rTMS International offers you a drug-free and medication free treatment for your depression or obsessive compulsive disorder. Through repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS), we help a large percentage of our clients get rid of their symptoms with around 20-30 treatments.
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