Migraine sufferers will soon be able to strap on a headband and try to zap away the pain through electrical impulses.
It sounds a little futuristic, but the FDA has approved a headband from a company in Belgium called the Cefaly headband, making it the first medical device approved for the treatment of migraines.
How does it work? It sits on your forehead just like a headband. The battery-powered device delivers an impulse that stimulates the trigeminal nerve, which has been linked to migraines. T
he Cefaly headband will be available by prescription only, and the FDA cautions that it should be used only once a day for no more than 20 minutes. Don't get too excited yet. The test sample was small: only 67 people.
In those tests, the device didn't completely prevent migraines or reduce their intensity, but those who used the headband suffered fewer headaches per month than those who used a placebo.