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Electronic Headband Prevents Migraines

Electronic Headband Prevents Migraines
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The FDA has approved a prescription wearable designed to prevent the onset of the highly painful headaches.

Leah Gonzalez
  • 18 march 2014

As any sufferer knows, migraines are more than just a headache. They can cause debilitating pain and nausea, and can send a productive day down the drain. Most prescriptions are just for on-the-spot treatment, after a migraine has begun to work its way into your line of sight. However, Belgium-based company STX-Med has developed Cefaly, a portable battery-operated headband that delivers transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) to prevent the onset of migraines.

Recently approved in the United States by the FDA, the headband is placed on the forehead using a self-adhesive electrode and worn for up to 20 minutes each day. The headband can be used by people aged 18 and older, and wearers may experience a tingling sensation or a slight contraction of a muscle in the head when wearing the device.

A recent study on the effectiveness of Cefaly showed that the headband led to significantly fewer days with migraines for the majority of participants. While the device definitely makes a bold fashion statement, it has the power to provide relief to people who have put up with the pain for years.

Watch the info video of Cefaly below.

Cefaly
Source: iO9, medGadget

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