Migraine Headache Treatment: Cefaly HeadbandBy: Ellisha Rader Mannering - March 19, 2014
Do you suffer from migraine headaches? If so, you know how frustrating it can be to find a treatment that works. Sure there are numerous types of over the counter medications that claim to work, but most medications are not strong enough to relieve the symptoms of severe migraine headaches.
Many people become so frustrated with the pain that they opt to go to a doctor or the nearest emergency room to get a migraine shot that can help deliver pain relief faster.
How many over the counter medications have you tried and how many trips to the ER have you made to find relief from your migraine headaches? Too many to count? Are you ready for a new treatment method that doesn’t involve pills or shots but promises to stop migraines quickly? Sounds too good to be true right?
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently approved marketing of Cefaly, a battery operated headband that sends electrical impulses along the trigeminal nerve. This reduces pain and can stop migraine headache attacks.
The headband is small and portable and is worn across the forehead and over the ears. It is safe for adults to use but should only be used once per day for 20 minutes.
A study conducted on 60 people who suffered from migraine headaches showed that those who used Cefaly were less likely to have as many migraine headaches each month and required less medicine and trips to the ER. It did not stop all the migraines and was not successful at treating the pain of every migraine.
“Cefaly provides an alternative to medication for migraine prevention,” Christy Foreman, director of the Office of Device Evaluation at the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health said. “This may help patients who cannot tolerate current migraine medications for preventing migraines or treating attacks.”
The headband could prove beneficial for people who have not found relief with other migraine treatments and could lead to other new treatments.
Do you plan to try the Cefaly migraine headband?
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