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A Handheld Magnetic Device for Treating Migraines

There may now be a better way for migraine sufferers to take matters in to their own hands, quite literally! At a recent congress, medical researchers revealed a new handheld magnetic device which could be used to treat reoccurring migraines. Apparently, this device was able to significantly reduce and relieve headache pain in 73% of the participants involved in the migraine clinical trial.

A number of headache specialists around the United Kingdom are already planning on prescribing the handheld device to their patients as soon as possible. The non-invasive single pulse Spring Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) device (it is much easier to refer to this as a handheld magnetic device) was originally developed by eNeura Technology in California.

Presenting the Device at the 3rd European Headache and Migraine Trust International Congress

Needless to say, but the news about this new form of migraine treatment made a real splash when it was presented at the 3rd European Headache and Migraine Trust International Congress in London last month. The data that had been presented was obtained from a migraine clinical study on 60 participants who suffered from frequent headaches. The participants were treated with the Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) device over the course of three months at various clinics around the UK.

The timing of this news could not have been any better either, as it arrives on the cusp of a new warning from the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) in England and Wales. Recent research has provided evidence suggesting that the overuse of common painkillers could be the reason why many people are suffering from so many headaches.

How Does the TMS Work?

As it stands, the TMS device costs more than $800, which can be a little steep, but it is extremely portable. The developers of this device built it to be about the size and weight of a portable radio, so migraine sufferers can have it on hand whenever and wherever they may be. It is also extremely simple to use. If you feel that a migraine is coming on, all you need to do is hold the TMS device to the back of your head and push the button. After the button is pressed, a brief magnetic pulse is sent into the brain.

There has been a significant amount of research conducted on magnetic fields and their capabilities, but scientists still don’t have a conclusive answer as to how these types of treatments actually work. The current belief is that the magnetic pulse is somehow able to short-circuit the storm of electrical firings that build at the beginning of a migraine.

The Other Positive Results from the Migraine Clinical Trial

During the congress in London, researchers also explained how the TMS device was able to improve other migraine-related symptoms in nearly 64% of the study participants (plus more than half of the participants experienced a reduction in the number of headaches they experienced). Severe headaches and migraines are capable of inducing nausea, vertigo, hyper-sensitivity to noise and lights, and even memory problems.

According to a few of the patients who used this new form of migraine treatment, the key was remembering to use the device quickly as soon as the pain started. Many reported that their headache would stop if they could catch it early on.

The other obvious benefit of this type of migraine treatment is that it can help to reduce some people’s dependence on common painkillers for headaches.  Some of the participants in the clinical study claimed to have developed a strong reliance on drugs like cocodamol.

The Future for Headache Relief

This innovative approach to migraine treatment does offer plenty of positives for patients. In its earlier clinical trials, researchers found that the TMS device could provide effective relief for up to two days after treatment. Even more intriguing is that there have not been any serious side effects reported to date.

For anyone who has had to deal with numerous migraines, it is really exciting to see scientists working on such a novel approach to treating this condition. Now all those people, who no longer receive the relief they need from other painkillers, can look to the future with renewed optimism.

 

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