Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation for Chronic Pain

About the Study

Stanford has been conducting a study to test if Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), a non-invasive brain stimulation technique, can reduce chronic pain. 

TMS uses a coil placed over the head to administer brief magnetic pulses to a specific location that produces changes in the activity of neurons. TMS is currently FDA approved to treat depression and there is evidence to suggest that TMS can effectively treat certain types of pain and mood disorders. 


  • First round of study procedure consists of 2 consecutive visits, each lasting approximately 1-2 hours, followed by 6 weeks of follow up surveys. These rounds of study procedure can be repeated. 
  • Location: Pain Management Clinic, Redwood City, California
  • Sensory testing for heat, cold, vibration, and pressure applied to the skin


  • Study procedures and TMS treatment are provided at no cost to participants.
  • $30 for each in-person visit up to 3 Rounds. 


  • 18-70 years of age 
  • Chronic pain for >6 months
  • Stable treatment for >3 months
  • No history of epilepsy or seizures, neurological illness, or head injury
  • No metal devices, implants, or shrapnel near the head
  • Not pregnant or planning to become pregnant during the course of the study. 

Frequently Asked Questions


For questions regarding participant’s rights, contact 1-866-680-2906.