Magnetic Stimulation- rTMS

Best Results with rTMS

TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) is a NICE approved, non-invasive treatment, which means it does not require any surgical procedures, and has minimal-to-no side effects.

About TMS

What is TMS therapy?

TMS treatment is pain-free, non-invasive and effective for depression, anxiety, and chronic pain. It treats the brain cells using an electromagnetic field. No chemicals are involved and there are few to no side effects.

Recommended by national treatment guidelines (NICE) for depression.

Disorders that can be treated with rTMS:

rTMS uses a series of repetitive, brief and highly focused magnetic pulses to stimulate brain cells, increasing the brain activity. It helps improve blood supply in the brain which in turn stimulates brain cell growth, multiplication and networks.

It has been proven as one of the most effective treatment for clinical depression in several scientific studies as well as clinics for depression of all types but specifically when you have ‘biological depression’, that is, with physical symptoms of poor sleep, exhaustion, low appetite and concentration.

Ongoing Support With Continuing Care

rTMS has proven effective in treatment of  symptoms of various mental and neurological disorders, however it is not curative. This means that you will benefit from regular reviews and assessment of relapse of the symptoms, after the initial treatment. 


At the review that is held 3-6 months after the initial treatment with rTMS, a practitioner will talk to you about your wellbeing and  give you HAM-D questionnaires to complete to assess relapse of symptoms of depression, or similar other questionnaires if you suffer from other disorder that you may have had treatments for. This is a reliable and well known instrument with significant research. If your symptoms have recurred then we may recommend 5-10 more sessions of rTMS, these are called maintenance rTMS sessions.

Your Questions About rTMS Answered

Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) is an effective, drug-free, non-invasive treatment for depression which uses magnetic stimulation areas of the brain that regulate mood.

Coverage for the treatment often depends on a person’s individual health needs and policy. We are able to offer an initial assessment and help you build a case for it with your insurance company if we feel rTMS would be beneficial.

rTMS is an effective treatment regardless of gender, age or ethnic background. Over 75% of our patients have a significant reduction in depression and anxiety ratings within 10-15 sessions of rTMS.

It treats the brain cells using an electromagnetic field. No chemicals are involved and there are few to no side effects. TMS treatment is pain-free, non-invasive and effective for depression, anxiety, addictions, and chronic pain. 

This depends on each individual case and your psychiatrist will be able to advise you on that following your assessment. However, TMS is delivered for 30 minutes every working day over 20-25 sessions (around 3-6 weeks) in most cases. We can also administer a more powerful treatment using the theta burst technology, which can reduce the duration of treatment to 3- 6 minutes with no change in the effectiveness of the treatment.

You will be required to attend an initial assessment prior to the rTMS treatment. This would cost £325. Each session of rTMS costs £250. The overall cost of rTMS would vary depending on how many sessions you require, which will be discussed with your psychiatrist. Typically, patients who use rTMS as a means of treatment endure 20-25 sessions.

Patients relax in the therapy chair and a ‘paddle’ is placed over the area of their brain which is to be treated. It will rest lightly on their scalp throughout treatment. The patient will feel a tapping sensation on their head as the magnetic pulses are delivered. It is pain-free and our patients are free to talk, listen to music or just sit back and relax as the treatment is delivered over 30 minutes. Afterwards, they are free to go about their normal day,including driving or resuming work.

The length of rTMS treatment can vary between patients. This is something that will be discussed during your initial assessment with the Consultant Psychiatrist.

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