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Explore the benefits of a new form of treatment for depression offered at our out-patient clinics in St Leonards, Castle Hill and Bondi Junction. Receive treatment for your depression without the need for hospitalisation, anaesthetic or medication. TMS is a safe and effective treatment for depression and is TGA approved.

What is TMS therapy?

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Therapy (TMS) is also referred to as rTMS. TMS uses magnetic fields to stimulate the underlying brain while the patient sits back in the chair and remains fully awake. The treatment session lasts for up to one hour and can carry on with their day immediately after their session.

How does TMS therapy work?

The Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation machine is an electromagnet that can generate a magnetic force in pulses. This means it can turn on and off magnetic forces at varying speeds. The strength of these magnetic forces are similar to that of an MRI machine. This magnetic force when placed on the scalp can stimulate a very small area on the surface of the brain. This area is about the size of a ten cent coin. The TMS machine settings can generate a slow pulse, for example 1hz (one pulse per second) or a fast pulse 10Hz (ten pulses per second). A slow pulse is used to reduce the activity in the underlying brain and a fast pulse is used to activate the underlying brain. Both techniques can be useful depending on which part of the brain they are applied to.

Who is TMS therapy suitable for? (current information as at 15/02/2018)

  • If the patient has a diagnosed depressive disorder
  • If the patient is over the age of 18
  • If the patient is not pregnant
  • Patients who do not have implants in the head region (e.g., pacemakers, vagus nerve stimulators or implantable cardioverter defibrillators)
  • Trialled two or more antidepressant medications

More research is currently underway and the above criteria may change, so please keep in touch so we can provide you with the new data. 

How long does TMS therapy take?

Please allow a full hour for the initial session. Following sessions will take approximately 45 minutes. Patients should expect to commit to between 3 and 5 sessions each week for up to 30 sessions.  

  • Please bring along a GP or psychiatrist referral to your first visit.
  • Please call our staff for more information 1300 177 144, info@sydneytms.com.au or visit our website at www.sydneytms.com.au
Website www.sydneytms.com.au
Address Suite 111, 545 Pacific Highway
St Leonards NSW 2065

Tel 1300 177 144
 
 
Address Suite 504, Level 5,, 9 Bronte Road
Bondi Junction NSW 2022

Tel 1300177144
 
 
Address Unit 8, 15-17 Terminus St
Castle Hill NSW 2154

Tel 1300177144