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.
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.
During your TMS Treatment sesson you may choose to watch Netflix, listen to music or chat with our friendly Neuralia staff. Your TMS psychiatrist will review you during your treatment course to check if your symptoms are heading in the right direction. Some course correction may be required if this is not the case.
TMS is also generally well-tolerated, with side effects being minor and temporary. As a result of its effectiveness and relative safety, TMS is regularly used to treat a variety of conditions such as depression, PTSD, OCD, Chronic Pain and Parkinsons.