Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)

Are you weighed down by the burden of mental health challenges?

Are you struggling with conditions that don't respond well to treatment, like depression, anxiety, PTSD, or chronic pain? Do these struggles limit your engagement in daily activities, hindering your quality of life? If you're seeking a path towards lasting relief and a renewed sense of well-being, consider exploring Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) at Field Trip Health.

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is a revolutionary neurostimulation tool designed to break through the barriers of treatment-resistant mental health conditions. With personalized help designed just for you, rTMS aims to make your brain more adaptable in important areas that control your mood. Reclaim control over your mental well-being with rTMS.

While rTMS is currently available exclusively at our Vancouver Field Trip Health location, we invite you to explore our alternative mental health services offered at all our clinic locations, including Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP).

Consultations are available now

For more information, book a free discovery call with one of our trusted nurses who are here to support you and answer any questions you may have. If you’re ready to move forward, book a mental health assessment with one of our Clinicians to determine treatment eligibility.

How does TMS work?

Imbalances in brain activity, whether from overstimulation as seen in conditions like OCD or understimulation linked to depression, often contribute to mental health conditions. rTMS utilizes magnetic fields to stimulate specific brain areas. The rTMS coil delivers precisely calibrated magnetic pulses, acting as a modulator to adjust brain stimulation levels. The outcome: significant symptom relief and, in many cases, a pathway to remission.

Who is this for?

✔ Individuals with treatment-resistant depression or anxiety.

✔ Those with PTSD, addictions, or chronic pain who have lacked improvements with other treatments.

✔ Individuals experiencing traumatic brain injuries or early onset Alzheimer’s disease.

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How long does a typical treatment take?

A typical rTMS session lasts 15 to 30 minutes. Often, the entire treatment plan takes place over 4 to 6 weeks, with 5 sessions per week. However, this may depend on each individual situation. All treatments are performed by either a doctor or a nurse under the close supervision of our world-renowned medical director.

What results will I see?*

rTMS proves highly effective, with 70-80% of clients experiencing significant symptom reduction, and 40-50% achieving complete remission1 . To highlight its impact, the positive response rate of rTMS is 400% higher than that of trying a 4th medication1 . Results vary, and if satisfaction isn't reached, we’ll credit 25% of treatment costs towards another eligible program.

Is there any downtime?

rTMS doesn’t require any downtime. You can get back to most normal activities without restriction. Most patients are able to schedule their treatments at a regular time each day and go back to work immediately.

TAKE THE NEXT STEP – REQUEST A DISCOVERY CALL

The first step is to book a discovery call with one of our expert nurses at Field Trip
Health Vancouver. Please schedule a call using the online booking function, fill out
the form on this page, or call our clinic during normal business hours
at 604-359-9661.

*Individual results may vary.

Frequently asked questions.

rTMS goes beyond traditional talk therapy by incorporating magnetic fields to modulate brain activity and improve mood. Since this can promote positive structural changes in the brain (also known as neurogenesis or neuroplasticity), it can lead to long-lasting results.

The standard protocol for rTMS involves 15-minute sessions five days a week for four to six weeks. However, your clinician team adjusts this based on your individual needs.

A 2019 clinical study on rTMS treatment and maintenance for depression and anxiety indicated that three weeks of rTMS treatment improved
symptoms, which were largely maintained at the six-week follow-up.

Another 2022 scientific study supported using rTMS for treating
depression and anxiety 57 out of 77 patients in the study reported statistically
and clinically significant improvements in anxiety symptoms and suicide risk.

A 2021 scientific review of various studies examining rTMS and PTSD
stated that “rTMS is a promising physical treatment for PTSD with its safety
and efficacy.”

In a 2022 meta-analysis including nine studies with 361 patients,
researchers suggested that “rTMS significantly improved global cognitive
function immediately following rTMS treatment,” indicating its use for
Alzheimer’s disease and dementia patients.

Another scientific review indicated that rTMS is an emerging field for
treating addiction disorders, such as those associated with cocaine use,
alcohol use, and even food cravings.

A 2017 meta-analysis showed improvements in chronic pain patients
after four to eight weeks of rTMS treatment. Researchers also suggested that
this treatment protocol improved the efficiency of conventional medical
treatment.

In various rTMS studies, researchers indicate the effectiveness of rTMS
in decreasing depression symptoms, with response rates of 50-70% and
remission rates between 30-50%.

If you are taking medications for depression, you can continue to take these during your rTMS treatment. However, it’s recommended that you are on a stable dosage for at least four weeks before starting your rTMS sessions.

If you have questions regarding your specific medications, these will be addressed during your 50-minute virtual consultation.

We work closely with each client to ensure any applicable insurance is used. All treatment sessions are conducted by licensed Registered Clinical Counselors or Nurses, who are typically insurance-eligible. With that said, we always recommend confirming your coverage with your insurance provider before committing.

Yes, Field Trip Health has financing partners that offer flexible payment plans. For more information, speak with one of our nurses. Most financing requests are processed within 1-2 hours.

Your eligibility is determined by our clinicians during your 60-minute consultation. rTMS is not suitable for those with non-removable metal in their heads (not including braces or dental work).

Most aneurysm clips are rTMS-safe. If your device is MRI-safe, it’s rTMS-safe. Some implants including electrodes for monitoring brain activity, stents in the brain or neck, implanted stimulators, facial tattoos with metallic ink, shrapnel or bullet fragments, metallic implants in the eyes or ears, or any other metal device in the head or neck area may not be safe for rTMS. Learn more by booking your 15-minute discovery call today.

This depends on the individual. Some individuals notice positive effects after a session or two. However, most notice a positive impact after two weeks. After discussions with their health team, some individuals may find they can go off of their medication. Yet, this isn’t best for everyone. While we aim for long-term relief, results vary depending on each situation.

rTMS is generally safe with minimal side effects. The most common side effects include mild scalp discomfort and head sensation, typically lasting only a few hours and subsiding after each session.