If you’re a migraineur, you must’ve been taking different types of pills to ease that throbbing pain. But have you ever tried a battery-operated patch or a high-tech headband to ensure some relief? Here, I’m digging deep into five wacky migraine treatments that have cropped up in the recent years.
Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS)
It’s a portable device that incorporates TMS technology, which uses magnetic energy pulse to target migraines with aura, which plague around 27 percent of migraineurs according to NHF. Once visual symptoms appear, you need to hold the TMS device against the back of your head and then press its button. A magnetic pulse emanating from the device targets your occipital lobe, the brain’s center responsible for visual processing, and helps relieve migraine aura symptoms. It should be used once a day, and this treatment has been approved by the FDA
This headband was approved by FDA after it was found to reduce the number of migraine days in patients by up to 32 percent in a clinical trial published in the journal Neurology. There is an electrode in this headband that presses against the middle of your forehead, delivering mild electrical impulses that stimulate the nerves right above the eyes. You can use it safely for about 20 minutes per day, and many experts believe that its daily use can definitely prevent headaches before they start.
If you get migraine attacks, you may be taking medicine, but its not always the best option. Sometimes migraines may paralyze your digestive system, and once that happens, oral medications cannot be absorbed into the body until the attack is over. That’s where this battery operated patch which has been approved by FDA way back in 2013, comes in handy. For all those who cannot absorb the medication properly, can use the Zecuity Patch, which is to be worn on yoru thigh or arm and send the prescribed medication through the skin, so it bypasses your digestive system completely.
Many of those who get migraines with aura find that their pain is triggered when they look at certain patterns. In a study published in Journal Cephalalgia in 2011, it was reported that precision-tinted eyeglasses can help normalize brain activity for chronic migraine sufferers.
All patients (with and without headaches) were asked to observe a high-contrast striped pattern through three different pairs of glasses. All migraineurs reported less discomfort when they viewed the patterns with tinted pair. It’s because visual cortex gets overstimulated during an attack, leading to patient suffering perceptual illusions, says study author Meh Toland, PHD. Tinted lenses can help suppress this visual stress and consequently reduce the frequency of attacks.
Acupuncture has become widely popular in the past few years. A study by the Canadian Medical Association Journal found that 55-75 percent with migraines felt much better after receiving this treatment, respectively. It’s based on traditional Chinese medicine that uses tiny needles which are inserted into the skins to realign flow of energy in the body. It can help reduce migraine pain to some extent. This technique can work for all those who’ve not responded well to other treatments.