Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is a pain-free, non-invasive and effective treatment for depression, anxiety, addictions and chronic pain.

It is recommended by NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) and the Royal College of Psychiatrists. It’s a relatively new treatment to the market, but it has decades of research behind it.

TMS therapy uses a series of repetitive, brief and highly focussed magnetic pulses to stimulate brain cells to increase brain activity.

Your treatments are carried out in the comfort of our clinic by an experienced clinician, who will be with you for every step of your journey.

Brain functional MRI before and after rTMS

Brain Activity Before and After rTMS

What is rTMS?

Repetitive Transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) is a painless and well-tolerated way of stimulating the brain for treatment of depression and anxiety. It has been in use since 1985. The therapy involves magnetic fields to activate or suppress the brain cells associated with different medical and psychiatric disorders. It has been a subject of research for many decades and is now being used extensively to treat patients in clinical practice.

rTMS is an effective treatment for depression and anxiety disorders for whom other treatments have not worked or who cannot or would not like to take antidepressants for any reason. It is increasingly used successfully for treating physical disorders such as chronic pain, tinnitus and even as part of stroke rehabilitation.

What are the possible side effects and complications of rTMS?.

Some people may describe the sensation of the magnetic pulse as uncomfortable with a knocking or tapping feeling or noise near the head during treatment.

  • Light headed feeling
  • Temporary hearing problems due to magnetic pulse noise
  • Mild localised headache
  • Tingling in the face, jaw, or scalp
  • Though rare, rTMS has a very small risk of seizures.

Advantages of rTMS

  • Highly effective, recommended by national treatment guidelines (NICE) for depression but also effective in chronic pain, Migraine, Tinnitus, anxiety disorders etc.

  • Long lasting effects

  • You may be able to stop anti-depressant medication, PREVENTING common medication side effects like nausea, stomach cramps, drowsiness/ insomnia, weight gain etc.

  • No withdrawal or discontinuation symptoms

  • Non- invasive and painless so no anaesthesia is required

  • Ability to resume your daily life right after the treatment every day

  • Fast 3-6 week outpatient treatment

  • Side effects uncommon and mild



Contact Us

  • 0800 011 9821
  • Oaktree Neuro Clinic
  • 52 Frederick Road, B15 1HN
    Upper Woburn Place, WC1H 0AF