If you are one that suffers from migraines, you know pain! Migraines can knock you out for days. For some individuals, migraines are so painful that they are forced to live in the dark until it goes away or take medication that slightly curbs the pain. Regardless, migraines are medical nightmares that seem to have no cure.
Recently, however, scientist have been working on a headband that can help reduce the frequency of migraines. The device is called Cefaly and is meant to be worn no more than 20 minutes per day. The headband, which looks much like a tiara, sends electric currents above the eye and stimulates nerves beneath the forehead.
Pain specialist and anesthesiologist have studied electrical pulses and are using transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) for the headband. “Electrodes placed on the skin transmit low-voltage electrical pulses into the tissue and nerves underneath. Cefaly puts the electrode in what looks like a space-age glasses frame.”
“In a 67-person randomized controlled trial published in the journal Neurology last month, Cefaly reduced chronic migraine attacks on average by two per month, and 38% of users had at least a 50% reduction in their number of migraine episodes.”
As of right now, the device does not have any side effects and can be used with other medical treatment. On March 12th, 2014, the FDA approved the device for the United States. Cefaly has already began to be sold in Canada for $250.
So my questions: Is the age of medicine being replaced by technology? Are we now relying on technological advancement to help cure our medical issues?
Today, technology might be the new answer in curing illnesses like migraines. Unlike medically prescribed drugs, the headband does not cause any side effects and appears to be as equally reliable as medicine. However, we do not know the long-term alterations the headband might have on our brains. Is this a chance we are willing to take?
It amazes me how reliant we are on technology, even when it comes to our own health. Essentially we are letting a robotic device electronically stimulate our brains when it appears as if migraines are developing. But is it scary that we are placing such an important task on a machine? Similar to my earlier post about the love bra, we are now letting technology influence both our behavior and our health. Is this too much control? Honestly, I am skeptical with the technological means in which we are letting this happen. Maybe it is just me, but I do not think I trust technology enough right now to let it influence the nerves in my brain.
Sorry Cefaly…I think I’ll stick to lots of Advil, little light, and a few days of pain for right now.