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What is TMS?

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is a non-invasive procedure where changing magnetic fields are used to stimulate the brain’s nerve cells.

TMS has benefited individuals when more traditional treatments such as antidepressant therapy have failed.

TMS can improve the burden of physical pain alongside depression and other psychiatric conditions, including obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

In more recent years, TMS has been used for numerous other medical conditions including medical rehabilitation (for post stroke recovery), fibromyalgia and to provide relief from tinnitus.


It is a drug-free treatment and can be used safely in combination with your current treatment regimen.

It may work faster to improve your mood, understanding and everyday function compared to antidepressants and psychological therapy

It has a shorter treatment time of 4-6 weeks compared to antidepressants and psychological therapy, which range from a few months to lifelong therapy.

It is not invasive and doesn’t require admission to hospital or anaesthesia like ECT does. Treatment in an outpatient clinic allows you to carry out daily life, rather than being admitted to hospital.

It can be more effective than medication and is recommended for patients who have not responded to antidepressants.

TMS does not have the side effects associated with antidepressants and ECT.

TMS does not cause memory loss, weight gain, sexual difficulties and is not damaging to your scalp or hair growth.

TMS can be stopped at any time, there are no withdrawal symptoms.

As a group of senior clinicians with a strong presence in the neurostimulation community, Optimis are very proud to provide world-class Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS), for optimal results in treating Depression, Pain, OCD, PTSD and other conditions.

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