Smart TMS, a leading UK clinic for the treatment of mental health issues is bringing its innovative Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) therapy to Manchester this spring. This ground-breaking treatment for mental health issues has the potential to save thousands of lives and will be available from May.
Statistics from the Manchester Public Health Annual Report 2016/17 suggest that over half of people in Manchester claiming sickness benefits are doing so due to mental and behavioural disorders, and/or substance abuse issues. The rates of alcohol related conditions and the numbers of those who smoke are also higher than the national average in Manchester.
TMS is a clinically proven and non-invasive treatment which stimulates the affected areas of the brain using magnetic energy. This can treat a range of mental health issues including depression, anxiety, OCD, addiction, PTSD and depersonalisation disorders.
In the UK, NICE approved the treatment as a safe alternative to antidepressants in 2015, and experience has shown that around 2 in 3 Smart TMS patients experienced complete remission after six weeks.
Gerard Barnes, the Chief Executive of Smart TMS commented: “Despite the success of TMS treatment in the US and elsewhere, it is still not widely available in the UK and many patients do not even know it exists. We hope that launching this new service in Manchester will bring greater awareness and understanding of mental health issues and enable people to seek suitable treatment. We are delighted to be launching in Manchester and look forward to providing patients with a drug-free, non-invasive treatment which relieves them of their symptoms”.
Psychologist and TV presenter Emma Kenny added: “TMS is a really exciting treatment option for a wide range of patients. It treats the underlying causes of the disease in the brain and gives patients a completely different type of recovery, regaining positivity and motivation. I believe this is the future of mental health treatment in Manchester and beyond.”