Benefits of rTMS for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
This type of treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is non-invasive and requires no medication. We understand that when it comes to PTSD treatment, psychologically and medicinally based solutions simply don’t work for some people. Furthermore, these pills can often incur some nasty and unwanted side effects and indeed for many, medication is simply ineffective.
The rTMS method may be used alongside medication but doesn’t require it to start seeing results. Furthermore, our process is pain-free and therefore requires absolutely no anaesthetics or sedatives. As well as avoiding unwanted side-effects, rTMS acts much faster than anti-depressants and doesn’t require the patient to change their daily activities, as our method is based on science and not routine.
How rTMS Can Treat Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
rTMS ( Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation), is a treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder that is non-invasive, medication free and easily tolerated by patients.
This technology has been developing for over 30 years and since 2008 has been recognised by the FDA in America as a treatment for PTSD, as well as being approved in England BY NICE, where we are proud to be the first centre in the north-west to provide this treatment.
rTMS works by stimulating targeted areas of the brain, associated with PTSD, with magnetic pulses. These magnetic pulses target the nerve cells in the region of the brain which control mood, it can activate regions of the brain that have decreased activity.
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 (2.5hours with a Doctor): £300
Course of treatment: Bespoke to individual based on history & severity
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
Testimonial From Happy Patient
Hello to everyone at Tranquil TMS.I just wanted to wish you a Very Happy and Successful year.I hope many more people like me get to experience the benefits of TMS as I have.I have have the best Christmas in approx 15 years.I was able to decorate the whole house and two Christmas tree's (now I'm showing off!) Mum said she has done it for the last 15 years as I haven't been able to leave my bedroom.I was able to spend the whole day with friends and family but more importantly to me I was fully present I didn't use alcohol or medication to suppress any feelings I couldn't cope with and I didn't disassociate once.I was real and alive and my family and friends were all able to see and feel that.I am excited to see not what 2020 brings but what I can make happen in 2020 because I feel I have a life and hope again.
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To find out more about the potential benefits of rTMS treatment, or to book your first session, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the team in Cheadle today. Whether you’re in Manchester, Liverpool, Cheshire, or further afield, we are here to help.