Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is a clinically-proven, non-invasive therapy that employs targeted magnetic pulses to stimulate specific regions of the brain, with the goal of alleviating depression and other mental health conditions. 

How does TMS work?

TMS uses focused magnetic pulses on precise brain regions responsible for mood regulation.

  • 1. Precise Stimulation

    During a TMS session, a specialised coil delivers focused magnetic pulses to specific brain areas, notably the prefrontal cortex, which plays a critical role in mood regulation.

  • 2. Reinstating Neurotransmitter Balance

    TMS stimulates these brain regions to reinstate the natural balance of neurotransmitters, like serotonin and dopamine, which are often disrupted in cases of depression and anxiety.

  • 3. Promoting Neuroplasticity

    The magnetic pulses encourage neuroplasticity, a process where the brain adapts and reorganises itself. This results in enhanced connections between nerves cells, even persisting beyond the treatment period. 

The medical evidence demonstrates that after trying four different medications, the likelihood of responding to another medication drops to around 1 in 10.

With TMS, two out of three patients may experience a reduction in their symptoms, with one in three experiencing marked improvements to the extent that their symptoms no longer effect them. 

Whilst medications can bring unwelcome side effects, it may not always be sensible or advisable to discontinue medications entirely, even with TMS. However, TMS presents a distinct advantage in terms of tolerability, and may help reduce a person's reliance on medication.

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Emergency Support

In case of emergency, call 000 or present immediately to your local emergency department (ED). The nearest ED to North Coast TMS in located at Byron Central Hospital, 54 Ewingsdale Rd, Byron Bay.

Mental Health Line

Call 1800 011 511

Mental Health Line is NSW Health's 24/7 statewide phone service which links people with NSW Health mental health services. It is a free service.


Call 13 11 14

Lifeline is a national charity providing all Australians experiencing a personal crisis with access to 24-hour crisis support.