Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is a non-invasive treatment for depression where other treatments like medication have failed. The treatment uses magnetic fields to generate pulses to the frontal cortex of the brain in an effort to stimulate neurones and improve mood. Patients undergoing TMS therapy do not require hospitalisation or anaesthetic and are fully awake during treatment sessions. Approximately 30 sessions are required during a treatment course with each session taking approximately 45 minutes.
Sydney TMS confirmed to the Annie Smithers team that it has opened its new treatment clinic in Bondi in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs and offers treatment to depression sufferers. They have two other locations in St Leonards and Castle Hill. Both are also located close to public transport and parking stations.
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation treatment offers hope for those living with ongoing depression, where standard forms of treatment like medication have failed. The new Sydney TMS Bondi Junction clinic is conveniently located to public transport and with car parking stations nearby.
TMS treatment is non-evasive with fewer side effects than medication. The treatment uses magnetic fields to stimulate the underlying brain, targeting the frontal cortex of the brain responsible for mood. Pulses are distributed to this part of the brain in an effort to stimulate neurons and reduce depression symptoms. During the therapy sessions, patients sit in a chair and either chat to the technician, listen to music or watch television. Each session takes approximately 45 minutes per session and 3-5 sessions are recommended each week. The treatment period takes between 4-6 weeks.
Sydney TMS has been providing TMS therapy in an outpatient setting to patients since 2014. The treatment offers a number of benefits to patients with treatment resistant depression.
Patients are fully conscious during TMS treatment, they do not require hospitalisation or anaesthetic for treatment to occur. After any given session, patients can continue on with their day as they can drive home or go to work. Common side effects associated with TMS therapy include mild headache and scalp irritation after the initial treatment. A support person is welcome to attend sessions, particularly the first few with the patient receiving treatment to make the experience more comfortable.
TMS is an approved depression treatment in Australia and is considered to be very safe. It has strong evidence base for its therapeutic effectiveness in treating major depressive disorders.