What is TMS?

TMS or Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation is a painless and effective way to stimulate parts of the brain.

At ReWire we use TMS to target specific parts of brain. The aim is a life healed from depression.

Unlike antidepressants, which influence the neurotransmittors, or brain chemicals, TMS influences the neural circuits.

It is an effective way to “reboot “the circuitry of the brain. It has been FDA approved for the treatment of Treatment Resistant Depression since 2008, and widely used in Europe and Australia.

What to expect?

  1. In the first session a psychiatrist will assess your suitability for the treatment and explain everything to you. He will then take some measurements of your head to work out treatment site, and find your motor threshold to work out your dosages. TMS, done correctly, is an individualised treatment programme.

2. Before the treatments, you will need to remove all items sensitive to magnets, like jewellery.

3. You sit in a comfortable chair. You are awake throughout.

4. Because there is a clicking noise, you will be asked to wear earplugs to protect your hearing.

5. A TMS Technician will administer the treatments. They last 30 – 60 minutes.

6. Afterwards, you can drive home and resume normal activities.

Side effects

TMS is a very safe option that has been studied for over 30 years. It does not have any long term side effects.

Although some side effects during treatment may occur, it is uncommon to stop treatment because of them.

Most common:

  • Scalp discomfort or headache near where the coil is placed
  • Transient tiredness

These are usually minor and patients develop tolerance to them after the first 2 weeks of treatment. They do not stop patients from driving or returning to work.

  • There is the risk of seizure during treatment, but it is very rare, 0,1%. It does not cause epilepsy.


TMS costs R30 000 for the 30 sessions of treatment.

Earplugs, caps and feedback to your psychiatrist are provided at no extra cost.

If a second stimulation site is clinically indicated, it will be provided at no extra cost.

Financing is available with Medifin