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Headbands are usually seen as a fashion statement among women with long hair, but now it’s more than just an accessory. A new device is the first of its kind to be approved by the food and drug administration to treat migraines. The equipment has been seen through multiple media outlets and was even shown on a Canadian television program in hopes of gaining funding for the project; now it’s legally marketable as a medical device and treatment method of bad headaches and migraines.
How It Works
The electronic migraine management tool comes in the form of a headband; it is battery operated and attaches using a self-adhesive electrode to your forehead, above your eyes. It’s manufactured in Belgium, but has recently met approval with the United States FDA for distribution as a medical aid. Medical News Today explains: “The device delivers a low electric current through the skin and may cause a tingling or massaging sensation.”
As the current is released from the electrode resting on your forehead, it stimulates your trigeminal nerve. The trigeminal nerve is the nerve that is most commonly addressed in association with migraine headaches. Migraines are different from regular headaches in that they can last from four to seventy-two hours and deliver pain so severe it can cause dizziness, nausea, fatigue, and other harsh symptoms. Of the ten percent of the global population who are affected by this debilitating pain, most find themselves unable to work, or do normal day to day tasks while undergoing the physical sensations that migraines bring. The device is also said to assist in the avoidance or relief of tension and cluster headaches, which can be caused by stress and other factors.
This device is marketable to migraine sufferers who are unable to stomach medication that is currently on the market. It’s also aimed at those who wish to keep their bodies chemical free and prefer the electrical stimulation compared to ingesting anything that might harm their system over a long period of time. Natural World News reports: “Cefaly is currently recommended for people of age 18 or above. The device should be used only once per day for 20 minutes, FDA said in a statement.”
It may not be very fashion conscious but this headache cure is designed to fit different sized heads and is aimed toward all people over the age of eighteen. Although, only people of age can use the machine, it’s easy enough to be operated by anybody, which means that it’s possible for seniors to use it as well. Of course, when it comes to users who suffer from other ailments, are on medications or treatments for different problems, and the possibility that the headband might not work well alongside other medical orders, it’s important to check with your physician and ask about whether or not this is something that could help you, and if it would be safe to use it with your other medications and conditions.
Unlike almost any other form of migraine medication, the Cafely can be worn before the pain hits, which means it is possible to bypass it altogether and enjoy a perfectly normal day without any hassle from headaches. The headband is small enough to store in a purse or laptop case, making it portable, and easy to take on the road, to work, overseas, or anywhere else you might wish to go. It’s a prescription tool, which means that certain health plans and packages may cover costs up to and including the full amount depending on how much coverage you have.
Testing was completed throughout France and Belgium with 2313 users, and the data collected proved that more than half of the device users found success and would purchase one for personal use. Some unfortunate side effects that did follow for a few of the trial subjects were mild headaches and drowsiness, which took away some credibility as far as how well this headache prevention method would work, but with its recent approval and launch into the markets, it seems to be on its way to successfully helping thousands with their migraine problems. NBC News expresses: “A 67-person study reviewed by the FDA showed patients using the device experienced fewer migraines per month than patients using a placebo device.”
The news of success should be especially good news to women, since the fairer sex is said to suffer three times more often than their male counterparts. There are many reasons why this could be including the differences in hormones and methods of solving stress related problems at home, work, or around the neighborhood. The results of this study also offer hope to those who fear any permanent damage that might be a result of migraines, as alternative studies have shown that it’s possible for migraine sufferers to incur brain damage as a result in more extreme cases.
Whether you plan on asking your doctor about using this device for yourself, or you have a friend or family member who may benefit from the patented technology it offers, remember to research and find as much information as you can to determine whether or not this equipment will fit into your life and suit your particular needs. Every migraine suffer is different, and the reasons behind your headaches could differ from somebody else’s; for this reason, there’s no guarantee that the headband will work and it’s important to have an idea before spending large quantities of money where it could be put to better use for medication that might work better for you.