TMS? WHAT’S THAT?
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation – or TMS for short – is the best mental health treatment you’ve never heard of
TMS stimulates the brain and causes neuroplasticity. Neuroplasticity is the brain’s ability to mend and build connections between the nerve cells. In the case of depression, for example, the left side of the prefrontal cortex is stimulated. Neuroplasticity is the brain restoring the connections which helps it to work as it should, without the symptoms of depression.
TMS only treats the brain circuits involved in your condition, rather than flooding the brain with chemicals.
I’ve been on and off medication for 25 years, but in the short space of a month Smart TMS has given me back something immeasurable.
A note on rTMS
The type of treatment we provide here at Smart TMS is called repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS). It’s called this because the magnetic treatment coil turns on and off quickly and repetitively.
To keep things simple, we refer to the treatment as TMS throughout this website and our downloadable brochure.
What causes depression?
Depression affects more than 1.5 million adults in the UK. While the exact cause is unknown, it’s characterised by an imbalance of the brain’s neurotransmitters (chemical messengers that send signals between brain cells) and decreased activity in the frontal lobes of the brain.
Dr Leigh Neal explains