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Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation for Parkinson's Disease

From 3 weeks, Turin, Italy

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is an innovative and very promising treatment for various neurological and psychiatric pathologies, the use of which has been approved by the American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and by the European Community.

The functioning of TMS is based on a known phenomenon, namely the neuroplasticity of the brain: neurons modify their structure and function as a result of stimuli, traumas or pathologies. Transcranial magnetic stimulation can restore neuronal cells to the status quo, contributing to the regression of some psychiatric, Parkinson’s Disease and neurological pathologies. The magnetic pulses activate regions of the brain that become dormant because of Parkinson’s disease or other related conditions. This stimulation triggers the synapses and cells responsible for transmitting neurotransmitters, which are chemicals facilitating communication between cells. Some experts have suggested that TMS may assist in the “recovery” of these connections and rejuvenation of the brain.

The technique has low side effects compared to pharmacological therapies, such as a slight sense of dizziness or headaches, which subside over time. However, the procedure is not indicated on patients who have clips or stents for aneurysms, prostheses or metal splinters in the neck-head area, or face tattoos made with an ink containing metals. TMS is a particularly advantageous therapy because it does not require anesthesia or recovery time after the session, so the patient can immediately return to his daily life.

At the Santa Caterina da Siena Clinic, the effectiveness of this treatment is enhanced by a synergy with other therapies, such as e.g. neurological and psychological consultations, cognitive exercises with specialists, rehabilitation, and pharmacology, only if necessary.


The Clinic is located in the city center of Turin, Italy, with the nearest airport: International Airport of Turin (TRN).

Other nearby airports are Milan Malpensa (MXP) (101.3 km), Milan Linate (LIN) (131.9 km), Nice (NCE) (161.4 km) and Geneva (GVA) (178 km).

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Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation and Parkinson's Disease

Parkinson’s disease is a slowly advancing degenerative condition affecting the central nervous system. It is characterized by typical motor deficits resulting from the reduction of the neurotransmitter dopamine. The exact cause of dopamine depletion is not known, but it is associated with the death of a specific group of cells located deep within the brain in an area known as the substantia nigra.

The hallmark motor impairments in Parkinson’s disease encompass a decrease in physical movement speed, muscle stiffness, involuntary tremors at rest, problems with maintaining posture, and disruptions in walking patterns. The disease originates from abnormalities in the basal ganglia, structures deep within the brain responsible for regulating automatic aspects of movement accurately and without conscious effort.

In normal circumstances, basal ganglia neurons release the essential neurotransmitter dopamine, which plays a crucial role in motor control. In Parkinson’s disease, there is a compromise either in the release of dopamine or in the responsiveness of dopamine receptors.

As the disease progresses, motor difficulties can extend to the control of speech and swallowing. Speech becomes slower and quieter, and in severe cases, it may be reduced to little more than a whisper due to challenges in forcing air through the windpipes, which is necessary for raising their voices.

In recent times, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) therapy has demonstrated its potential in assisting individuals with Parkinson’s disease in managing or reducing typical symptoms such as freezing, tremors, and stiffness. This is achieved by directing pulses to the brain regions associated with these symptoms and their associated movements. However, it’s important to note that TMS is not a universal solution, and its effectiveness varies among different types of Parkinson’s disease. Nonetheless, the results obtained thus far have shown promise. TMS can provide assistance not only to those with Parkinson’s but also to individuals with various nerve and brain disorders, including seizures, anxiety, depression, and more.

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What we like most about this program?

Non – invasiveness: A significant advantage of TMS lies in its non-invasiveness. It doesn’t necessitate surgical procedures or the insertion of probes or similar devices into the body. Additionally, TMS is painless and generally free from discomfort, although a few patients may experience sensations like itchiness or tingling. Furthermore, it doesn’t involve radiation or electrical shocks. Through TMS, previously obstructed or untransmitted signals can be effectively restored, providing relief from symptoms that impact bodily movement. This can potentially create more opportunities to maintain an active and healthy body, helping combat the progression of Parkinson’s disease.

Access to Top Healthcare: The program is carried out entirely at a private clinic with all healthcare services. This allows the patient to access, in the same location, any other consultation, choosing from 40 medical specialties, diagnostic center, and laboratory, if necessary.

Effective combination of services carried out in one place, aimed at the patient’s well-being and effective recovery, that helps uncover underlying issues that might be missed when relying solely on one service.

Different therapies offered (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, rehabilitation and physical activity, neurological and other medical consultations) involve several assessments and evaluations, leading to a more accurate diagnosis and treatment plan. It offers a more comprehensive and tailored approach to addressing the complex and multifaceted nature of Parkinson, leading to better outcomes and a higher quality of life for individuals seeking to improve their mental state.

Everyone has unique mental health needs and preferences. By combining services, you can access a range of options and customize your treatment plan to better suit your specific circumstances.

Follow-up after the end of the treatment: You can contact the specialists you met during her stay, whenever you need.

Cooperation with other centers to improve the clinical outcome of the treatment The hospital collaborates with the Healthy Brain Institute (Milan, Italy) a team of professionals in the field of neuroscience – with highly specialized training in major research centers and universities – is led by Professor Giacomo Koch, internationally renowned neurologist and neuroscientist and director health care provider of the institute.

Inclusions of the program


You may decide to stay directly at the Clinic, in one of the Suite Rooms, with private bathroom, equipped with comfortable bed and a second bed for the accompanying guest, a TV, Wi-Fi, automated heating and air conditioning, and phone. You can use the hospital restaurant services where meals are prepared by qualified staff. The menu is created according to the indications of a nutritionist. Menus for celiacs are available and personalized based on the doctors' recommendations. It is also possible to request the restaurant service for accompanying persons.
Another option is to stay at one of the hotels in Turin, near the Clinic. Some hotels have an agreement and offer advantageous rates to patients.

Clinical Evaluation and Treatment

In the first days of treatment (or hospitalization) a throughout evaluation of the clinical picture takes place: consultation with neurologists, an overall medical consultation and interview with the caregiver.
Once the observations collected by the various operators have been compared as a team and the objectives of the hospitalization have been defined, the individualized therapeutic-rehabilitation project includes:
○ Neurological consultations
○ TMS treatment with cognitive exercises
○ Physical therapy
During the health admission phase, the doctor collects the patient's medical history data and carries out the clinical examination. The disorders, appropriate diagnostic and clinical procedures, as well as suitable treatments are discussed with the patient. The patient is always asked for final consent.
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Exclusive benefits for our clients

○ Free consulting service for all the available services, according to your health conditions
○ Possibility of covering the expenses with the medical insurance
○ Support in organization of the trip, transport, hotel and translation service if needed.


TMS Therapy for Parkinson's Disease, 3 weeks

From € 5.180
  • 3 Neurological medical consultations
  • 15 TMS sessions with medical supervision
  • 9 Physiotherapy sessions

TMS Therapy for Alzheimer's Disease

From € 13.730
  • 3 Neurological medical consultations
  • 15 TMS sessions with medical supervision
  • 9 Physiotherapy sessions
  • 3 weeks of hospitalization in a private room, with 24/7 nurse assistance and medical supervision.
  • Accommodation for the caregiver is included

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