About Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)

Who can benefit from TMS?

TMS has been studied for over fifteen years, involving research centres worldwide.

Evidence has shown TMS to be a safe and effective treatment for drug-resistant depression. This has led to Medicare approval of TMS for this condition.

TMS has also shown to be effective in other mental health conditions such as obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

TMS is also used to treat pain conditions including fibromyalgia, and peripheral pain syndromes, post-stroke recovery, and neurological conditions such as chronic migraine, and tinnitus.

There is ongoing research into how TMS can be applied to several other conditions. These findings will broaden the application of TMS in the future.


What happens during TMS?

TMS is done using a special machine which has a magnetic coil attached to a mechanical ‘arm’. This allows for an electromagnetic pulse to be delivered to a precise region in the brain. While receiving TMS, the patient is seated in a comfortable reclined position. The TMS coil is placed above the patient’s head at the correct position.


Patients may have a special MRI brain done prior to their first session. This MRI is then used to build a map of the brain which further improves the precision of targeted TMS treatment. This is called Neural Navigation.

During the first treatment session, the patient’s individual stimulation dose (ie. the amount of energy required to stimulate the patient’s brain cells) will be determined. This is a unique dose and must be determined for each individual patient. This dose may be rechecked during the treatment course to ensure patients are getting the correct stimulation level.

Once the correct placement and stimulation dose have been determined, the TMS machine will deliver precise impulses to a small section of the brain.

After the treatment session, patients are immediately able to drive and resume normal activities. No medications are given, and patients are completely awake during the whole process

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How does TMS work?

To find out more about how TMS works to create long lasting effects on the brain, please watch the video below. 

If you're needing more information about TMS Referrals,  please find out about our TMS Referral Process.