The first treatment session involves measuring your head to calculate the treatment position, and to find your motor threshold. To find the motor threshold, we stimulate the motor cortex on the left hand side, which causes a twitch in the right hand. The level of stimulus required to get a twitch is known at the motor threshold.
Once the motor threshold and treatment position has been established we commence the first phase of treatment. You relax in a comfortable reclining chair while we position the coil in the treatment position.
A neck rest and earplugs are used (as the machine can be noisy), and we begin the stimulation. This process takes approximately 30 mins and during the acute phase, sessions are undertaken 5 days per week.
Depression can be a recurring illness and ongoing maintenance is sometimes required. The amount of ongoing treatment and maintenance varies from person to person based on the patients previous history, and by closely monitoring their symptoms.