Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation or widely known as rTMS is a non-invasive advanced treatment technique recommended for remedying various mental health disorders such as Depression and Anxiety. 

During this therapy, certain brain areas such as the cerebral cortex are repetitively provided with the magnetic field so as to activate the neurons in the desired amount for relieving the patient from his symptoms. 

How do rTMS work?

When undergoing an rTMS session, an electromagnetic coil is placed against the scalp of the patient near his forehead which generates a magnetic pulse in that particular area of the brain, activating the nerve cells involved in mood management. This rapidly changing magnetic field inducing weak electric current activates the regions of the brain that have diminished activity in Depression

This session may last up to 3 minutes to 20 minutes and is completely painless, stretched across 4 to 25 sessions as per the requirement of the patient’s state. 

Through this entire process, the patient is conscious and alert and can even drive home or resume work immediately after the session is completed

Are there any side effects?

rTMS is generally a safe procedure with mild side effects which improve shortly after the session and decline over time with each sitting. These may include: 

  • Headache
  • Discomfort in the scalp at the sight of the simulation
  • Tingling and facial muscle twitching
  • Light-headedness

Who can benefit from rTMS?

Initially, the rTMS technique was used to treat patients with Major Depressive Disorder or commonly known as Depression. But, with the advancement in this technology, many patients suffering from various disorders can seek it out as per their clinician’s guidance. Some of these disorders being aided are;

  • Anxiety
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Schizophrenia 
  • Migraine
  • Neuropathy Pain
  • Stroke
  • Nicotine Addiction
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Alzheimer’s Disease

rTMS Treatment at The Hermitage Rehab

Dr. JPS Bhatia for the last three decades has been in the service of mental health. He has not only created the best treatment facility in Amritsar, Punjab but is also expediating in bringing the finest provision to his homeland. 

Under his wing, only experienced and trained technicians alongside counseling psychologists now provide the rTMS. Through this procedure, our mental health professionals stay by the side of the patient guiding him through the session. 

With proper diagnosis and at the advice of the psychiatrist, now you can avail this service which has been proven to bring about a significant decline in the symptoms of patients with varying ailments.