Frequently Asked Questions

  • “The rTMS Centre is run by Mr Amiri and Dr Matta. The Centre opened in 2015 after the NICE guidelines approved TMS as an effective treatment for the treatment of depression. The rTMS Centre only provides treatments with the approval of NICE Guidelines in the UK.”

  • “rTMS stands for repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation”

  • “TMS: a ground-breaking treatment for severe depression with over 35 years of thorough clinical research and development that began in Sheffield.”

  • “The brief and highly focused magnetic pulses stimulate specific regions of the brain: the left pre-frontal cortex (PFC) for the treatment of severe depression. The magnetic pulses that pass through to the brain have an excitatory effect on the left PFC, inducing brain activity. This results in a significant improvement in positive mood regulation and the executive functions of the PFC.”

  • “TMS treatment is non-invasive, which means that needles or anaesthetics are not required for the procedure. NICE states that TMS treatment has minimal risk and it is safe for the treatment of mental health disorders.”

  • “TMS treatment is compatible with other treatments. You can still have anti-depressants or other medications if necessary. You can also attend talking therapy sessions, or any other psychological interventions, etc.”

  • “Mild scalp irritation and mild headache affect nearly one-half of all patients and usually goes away after the first week of treatment. If symptoms do persist after the first two weeks, an over-the-counter analgesic may be taken. If symptoms still persist, the rTMS physician can reduce the strength of the magnetic field pulses being administered to make treatment more comfortable. In 10,000 treatments during clinical trials, there were no observed long-term side effects associated with rTMS.”

  • “In some cases, an individual may not be suitable for TMS treatment as mentioned below. However, do not hesitate to contact us to discuss and get professional to advise.

    • Patients with a history of epilepsy
    • Patients with Implanted Cranial Electrodes
    • Patients with cochlear implants
    • Patients with pacemakers”
  • You will get a chance to see the TMS machine in person and find out how it works in more detail. We understand that you might have more questions to ask, so we are more than happy to take the time and answer in full confidence.