rTMS Treatment For Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

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Painless, Immediate Relief from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

“The procedure is painless and results are immediate without the introduction of changes in medication. I was able to continue with normal activities immediately after the procedure such as driving.” Ms JT – Patient

We’re proud to say that Tranquil TMS is the longest running clinic of its kind in the North West of England

66.66% of clients respond well to treatment. This is higher than the success rate of anti-depressants for people with treatment resistant depression, which sits at 32%.

In-person or video consultations are available on the clients’ terms.

Experienced, highly trained and personable technicians with a wealth of knowledge in mental health treatments and therapies.

rTMS Treatment For Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

OCD is a debilitating condition that affects around 2% of the population. 

Whilst traditional treatments with antidepressants and psychological therapies do provide benefit, studies indicate that 4O% of OCD patients do not respond to such treatments.

To this patient group, treatment with rTMS will come as a blessing.

rTMS works on brain circuitry rather than simply modulating brain chemicals (neurotransmitters) as conventional antidepressants do and there is a good clinical evidence base supporting rTMS in the treatment of OCD.

As people we understand the person behind the Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, as doctors we know how to help.

If you are suffering with OCD in silence ask us about rTMS treatment today.

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Causes of OCD


A family history of OCD is likely to make you more vulnerable to experiencing symptoms yourself.

Studies show that first degree relatives of patients diagnosed with OCD had a five-fold higher risk of developing OCD.

Biological processes

Serotonin imbalance in the brain has been postulated in OCD.

Psychological factors

Being a perfectionist or an anxious person by nature can make you more vulnerable to experiencing OCD symptoms.


In certain individuals, difficult life events are likely to precipitate OCD.

Symptoms of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Obsessive Symptoms

Obsessions are repetitive, persistent thoughts, images, or impulsive urges which are intrusive, unwanted, and are commonly associated with anxiety. 

  • Ruminations can include
  • Fear of contamination/ ill health/ infection
  • Fear of harming yourself or someone else intentionally or accidentally
  • Blasphemous thoughts
  • Violent/ aggressive thoughts
  • Losing control
  • Perfectionism 
  • Unwanted sexual thoughts

Compulsive Symptoms

Compulsions are repetitive behaviours including repetitive mental acts that an individual feels driven to perform in response to an obsession, according to rigid rules or to achieve a sense of completeness. Compulsive symptoms can include the following-

  • Hand washing
  • Cleaning
  • Checking
  • Repeating words or patterns
  • Trying to keep symmetry
  • Hoarding

To find out more about rTMS treatment for depression or to book a free initial consultation with the doctors at Tranquil TMS, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the team in Cheadle today. We cater to patients in Manchester, Liverpool, Cheshire, and across the North West

Medication Free
No Change To Daily Routine
No Anaesthetics
No Sedatives
No Unwanted Side Effects

“I was concerned TMS would aggravate my stress headaches, but on the contrary, they have now disappeared completely. Also, the staff are lovely. Friendly, courteous and genuinely care about what they are doing. Highly recommended.”
Mrs PM – Patient


rTMS – This is a non-invasive, medication-free treatment with minimal side effects which has shown  good success rates in treating OCD symptoms.

Medications – Selective Serotonin Re-uptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) and other antidepressants have also shown benefit in treating OCD.

Psychological treatments like CBT or desensitisation have been shown to be helpful.

A recent study by Rostami et al (2020) showed 46.2% of OCD individuals responding to rTMS with a 30% reduction in Y-BOS scores (Yale-Brown Obsessive Compulsive Scale).


rTMS Treatment Journey


When you first visit us your consultant will ask for a full medical history. From there our specialists will be able to decide whether rTMS is an effective treatment for you. Your specialist will also use this time to discuss the treatment process with you, such as the duration of each treatment and how many may be necessary. We take the time to get to know our patients, in our opinion this is crucial to us helping you on the road to recovery.



A great benefit of rTMS treatments is that there is no need for patients to make any preparations beforehand. Once you are settled in a comfortable reclining chair, a magnetic coil will be positioned just above your head. After carefully placing the plate to target the desired area, the machine will be turned on. Patients will remain awake, alert and pain-free for the entire duration of the treatment (20-30 minutes usually). This may sound rather scientific and potentially daunting however, our treatment is painless and very well received by our patients.


There is no recovery period after an rTMS session, and you can resume your daily activities immediately. Some patients may feel mild scalp irritation or tingling after their first session, but this usually goes away on subsequent visits.

If you’re in the North West or around and are seeking rapid, medication and pain-free treatment for depression, then contact the team at Tranquil TMS today. Based in Cheadle, our clinic is easily accessible from Manchester, Liverpool, Cheshire, and the surrounding area.

Why Choose Us?

At TranquilTMS we take a personal approach to our clients’ mental health and well-being. As doctors we understand the science behind our methods, but as people we understand the person behind the disorder and truly strive to improve that person’s life. If you are suffering in silence then we are here to listen, to talk and to help.

rTMS Treatment Fees

    Online transfers, debit and credit cards are welcome.

    After the initial consultation, you can make a case for coverage with your insurance company.

    Initial Phone Consultation (20 minutes with a doctor): Free

    In-person consultation (2.5 hours with a doctor): £450

    Course of treatment: Bespoke to individuals based on history & severity (£180 per treatment).

    Referral Process

    We accept both GP and self-referrals. This means that you can contact us directly, and do not need a doctor’s referral to begin treatment. Some insurance companies can cover this treatment.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    How many sessions will I need?

    TMS treatment is generally given 5 days a week for up to 4-6 weeks. The number of sessions needed for positive results is different for each person. This will be decided by the consultant and will be discussed at initial appointment.

    What does a rTMS treatment feel like?

    You may feel a tapping sensation on the area of your scalp underneath the plate, in rhythm with the magnetic pulses. Other than this, however, there are no physical sensations. Patients often choose to read, listen to music or rest during the sessions.

    What is the difference between ECT and rTMS therapy?

    Both ECT and rTMS are accepted treatments for depression and other mood-related conditions. One of the main differences, however, is that rTMS treatment is non-invasive and also does not require any anaesthetic. While there are a range of side-effects associated with ECT, only minimal side effects are related to rTMS therapy.

    Is there a recovery period after rTMS session?

    There is no recovery period after a rTMS session, and you can resume your daily activities immediately. Some patients may feel mild scalp irritation or tingling after their first session, but this usually goes away on subsequent visits.

    What are the contraindications to rTMS?

    Anyone with metal implants, aneurysm clips and coils, cardiac pacemakers, cardiac defibrillators, facial tattoos that may have magnetic ink or ink that is sensitive to magnets, implanted stimulators, metal implants in the ears or eyes, stents in the neck or brain, bullet fragments or shrapnel near the head. Contraindications also include epilepsy and other neurological conditions.

    What are the benefits of rTMS?
    • Easily Tolerated
    • Non-invasive and no medication
    • No anaesthesia or sedation
    • No change in daily activities
    • Minimal side effects
    • Quicker response compared to antidepressants
    What are the Side Effects of rTMS?

    One of the main benefits of rTMS is its minimal side effects. The potential side effects of rTMS include discomfort at the site of stimulation, scalp discomfort, transient headache, neck pain and facial twitching during treatment. In very rare cases, a seizure may occur.
    “Recent NICE guidance (IPG 542) concluded that evidence on rTMS for depression showed no major safety concerns.” -The Royal College of Psychiatrists

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