Electrical Stimulation Patch: a Promising Method of Relieving Migraines

An estimated 12 percent of the population of the United States suffers from migraines. That is a large number and it explains why migraines are such a priority for many medical experts. Seven main types of migraine are currently determined by contemporary medicine.

While it is true that migraines are rarely fatal, they are a problem that can make life unbearable. Not only are migraines recurring but the pain they elicit tends to throb or pulse, and it is usually restricted to one side of the head. Some migraines are so serious that they cause added sensitivity to light and sound. While some people have shown an ability to foresee the onset of a migraine attack and manage it, most sufferers are defenseless since the existing drugs usually do very little to relieve migraines.

Electrical Stimulation and Migraines

When Doctor David Yarnitsky (Technion-Faculty of Medicine, Haifa, Isreal) first decided to pursue electrical stimulation as a means of fighting migraines, it was in response to the less than appealing methods of fighting the ailment available on the market today.Electrical Stimulation Patch

Because migraines are recurring and migraine sufferers are typically forced to depend on regiments of painkillers for long periods of time, some side effects tend to become an issue down the line, too.

In a study published in a journal called ‘Neurology’, Doctor Yarnitsky suggests that electrical stimulation could be used to fight migraines by blocking the pain signals to the brain.

Doctor Yarnitsky’s theory revolves around the so-called nervio patch. This armband has a chip and rubber electrodes and it can be wirelessly connected to a smartphone application.

According to Doctor Yarnitsky, when a migraine strikes, rather than reaching for painkillers, one can simply activate the device via the app. The device then stimulates the sensory nerves under the skin by generating electrical pulses. This then keeps pain signals from reaching the brain.

In order to test the effectiveness of the device, Doctor Yarnitsky used the help of 71 adults who episodically suffered from migraines. When the subjects were exposed to the device, following the emergence of a migraine, up to 64 percent of them reported a reduction in pain. The relief usually came two hours after the treatment had been initiated, and the pain was reduced by roughly 50 percent. Of course, these are hardly ideal results, but Doctor Yarnitsky seems happy to simply prove the potential efficacy of his proposed means of fighting migraines.

Doctor Yarnitsky believes that with further research migraine sufferers might soon gain the ability to get relief from pain without exposing their bodies to the dangers of consuming drugs which on top of that usually bring little to no relief from migraines.