A wireless arm patch that can be easily controlled with the help of a smartphone app has shown to significant reduce migraine symptoms among those who experience repeated attacks, says a new study.
In a study, which appeared in the journal Neurology, it was shown that the wireless technique can cut migraine pain by half among two-third of participants involved.
“all these results are promising but they need to be conformed with additional studies,” said study author Dr. Matt Yarnitsky, a member of the medical advisory board for THeranica, maker of this stimulation device.
In the research it was found that the device, which “uses special electrical modulation to successfully block pain signals from reaching the brain,” achieved significant drop in pain that was at par with migraine treatments that use drugs-something that could be beneficial to those who are wary of various prescription painkillers.
“Today people suffering from migraine are interested in non-drug remedies, and this new device is very easy to use, and has absolutely no side effects and you can use it at work or in social settings,” said Yarnitsky.
Many migraine sufferers take a type of medication known as triptans, which is mostly available as injections or tablets. However, while triptans can reduce pain, they also come with many side effects, including narrowing of various arteries of the heart, a dangerous conditions, say experts.
This wireless device shows similar results-but without any of the potential side effects of triptans.
How The Device Works?
The device resembles an armband, but uses a highly sophisticated technology, including a chip and rubber electrodes, that can easily connect wirelessly to a device and can control stimulation.
The researchers tested this device on 178 individuals with a long history of episodic migraines. Each person involved in this study had at least four and as many as ten migraine attacks per month.
Soon after the onset of a migraine attack, the study participants were asked to attach this innovative device to their arm and use it continuously for at least 22-30 minutes. Over the course of the study, the researchers successfully treated nearly 377 distinct migraine episodes and found an amazing reduction in pain — 68 percent of study participants saw at least a 50 percent reduction in pain three hours after the treatment.