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What Happens During rTMS Treatment?

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What happens during rTMS?

Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) treatment with The London Psychiatry Centre is as relaxed as possible.

During treatment you will be comfortably seated in a chair with your head leaning back. A vacuum pillow is placed around your neck to support your head. You will be required to wear a personalised cotton cap during treatment. This allows us to ensure correct positioning of the coil, which will deliver the magnetic pulses.

The treatment will be delivered using a magnetic coil. The coil is normally positioned on the left or right Dorso-Lateral Prefrontal Cortex (an area a few inches above the temple beneath the skull). You will be still for the duration of your treatment (approx 30 minutes). We will do everything we can to ensure our patients are at ease during the treatment. rTMS treatment is completely non-invasive and you won’t need to be sedated.

Some patients do experience slight tingling sensations or headaches at the start of the treatment but your nurse will make sure you feel comfortable throughout the procedure. You will be able to go straight back to work after the treatment.

Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) treatment is a cutting edge treatment, but the nature of this is that patients are sometimes wary. Research has shown that rTMS provides effective treatment for depression without the side effects normally experienced with traditional medication.

If you have any questions about the rTMS procedure or would like to book in for a consultation, please call us now on 020 7580 4224.