Healing Minds

Stress and anxiety has a huge impact on our lives affecting our work and personal relationships, productivity, and cognitive skills. But what if there was a non-invasive, medication-free treatment that could potentially help? Johanna Bolhoven went to meet the team behind new business ‘Expert TMS’, to find out more.

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 As a nation we’ve never been more aware of the issue of mental health – data from a survey of more than 12,000 young people [source: Mind], found that three in five young people have experienced a mental health problem or are close to someone who has – and more and more high profile celebrities are using their influence to help raise awareness and generate support;

  • During Mental Health Awareness week (May 13–19, 2019) Prince William launched a new campaign with The Football Association (FA) and Heads Together to encourage more men to talk about mental health and seek support.
  • On July 03, 2019, the UK celebrated its first ever ‘Multiple Disadvantage Day’ supported by the WY-FI Project and National Lottery Community Fund. Footballer and mental health advocate,

Neville Southall, got behind the #seethefullpicture campaign, which was trending on Twitter as a result.

Multiple disadvantage is when a person experiences a combination of homelessness, addiction, re-offending behaviour and/or mental ill health at the same time.

Dr Rashad Nazir Dr Rashad Nazir

Living with depression and other mental health conditions is hard but can be especially difficult when one treatment after another doesn’t help and often medications leading to unwanted side effects!

This is where ‘Expert TMS’ comes in.

Dr Nithya Anandan Dr Nithya Anandan

TMS, which stands for Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, is a non-invasive procedure that uses magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in the brain to improve the symptoms of depression.

It’s currently grounded in mental health issues such as addiction, depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, and chronic pain treatment but it’s the exciting potential that enthuses the team at ‘Expert TMS’.

“The rapid development
 of TMS has thrust neuro-rehab into a brave new world of possibility,” Dr Nithya Anandan told me. “Currently there are trials testing whether rTMS improves cognitive function in people with mild to moderate cognitive impairment or dementia and, in some studies, patients have seen their symptoms stabilise or improve, which is incredibly exciting.”

‘Expert TMS’ uses a state-of-the-art Magsti Horizon machine to provide rTMS (Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) treatment that involves placing an electromagnetic coil against your head whilst seated.

Lynn Groves Lynn Groves

The coil sends repetitive pulses of magnetic energy at a fixed frequency, which is delivered in pulses to specific areas of the brain.

The procedure is carried out by a trained clinician.

No anaesthetic or sedative is needed, and you can leave the same day.

‘Expert TMS’ offers a highly personalised service, at very competitive rates, with their team of dedicated clinicians and staff in a caring, peaceful and private clinic setting in Fearnhead, Warrington. Just a hop, skip and jump away from the M6 and M56 motorways, ensuring easy access.

Johanna Bolhoven talks to the Expert TMS team Johanna Bolhoven talks to the Expert TMS team

Following assessment, you can expect to have daily sessions that last approx. 40 minutes for 2 to 6 weeks. The number of sessions needed for positive results is different for each person and will decided by the physician at the initial appointment.

With no down time or after affects you will be able to drive away after treatment, and you can continue with other activities as normal.

The team, currently comprising Dr Rashad Nazir, Dr Nithya Anandan and Lynn Groves are all highly skilled, enthusiastic, motivated and are willing to go the extra mile for their patients.

Their passion knows no bounds and Lynn even came out of early retirement to become registered manager/ lead TMS nurse at Expert TMS, using her skills to help people along the path to recovery.

Quite simply, their aim is to improve your quality of life and rediscover a ‘New You’.

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Finding the right treatment can take time but rTMS may be the treatment that will make you feel like ‘you’ again; 58% of patients with treatment resistant depression respond positively with rTMS.

“Patients should have access to the latest evidence-based treatments to improve their choices” Dr Nazir explained. “I honestly feel the potential of TMS is absolutely limitless and we want to make it as accessible as possible to people who need it the most.”

The ExpertTMS team is so passionate about the treatment that it is offering discounts, on already competitive prices, to front line staff including NHS workers, fire-fighters, police, Royal Air Force, ambulance crew and veterans.

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For more information visit www.ExpertTMS.co.uk and let the team address your mental health needs using the safest and most effective non-medicinal treatments available.

 

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