Nerve and Magnetic Stimulation
This year the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the two medical devices for the prevention of migraine headaches. The first is called Cefaly and is a nerve stimulator that works through the skin. It’s a portable, battery-powered, plastic headband that’s worn across the forehead. It’s used for up to 20 minutes a day. Cutrer says he has given out a few prescriptions for this and that it has helped a handful of his patients. “That’s another arrow in the quiver and I’m glad to have it,” he says. The second device, called Cerena, is specifically used for migraines that are preceded by an aura (visual disturbance). It’s a magnetic stimulator that users hold against the back of their head when they feel a headache coming on.
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