Migraines are estimated to affect about 12% of people. This has pharmaceutical companies in a race to find the best new migraine treatments. However, a company that produces therapeutic electronics may have beaten them to the punch according to a recent preliminary study.
A Migraine Study Involving Electronic Stimulation
The study involved 71 migraine patients who averaged 2 to 8 migraine attacks per month. Patients needed to stop taking any migraine medication 2 months prior to the start of the study to qualify. In past electronic stimulation studies, wires had to be attached to head, and this scared off many patients. The new method involves an armband device activated from a smartphone app.
What were the results? 64% of patients saw migraine pain reduced in half when submitting themselves to 20 minutes of electronic stimulation. This was compared to a placebo group (which saw a 26% success rate despite involving a low-frequency stimulation that provided no medical benefit). While this may sound like limited success, it’s actually similar to how triptan medications have performed in similar studies.
Early concerns involving this product include the potential long-term effects of 20 minutes of electronic stimulation and the fact that one must wait until a migraine occurs. As with many migraine treatment methods, electronic stimulation curbs symptoms during a migraine rather than preventing attacks.
How Upper Cervical Chiropractic Helps Migraine Patients
A series of case studies involving headache and migraine patients shows a great deal of promise when it comes to finding long-term relief. The 101 patients all saw a reduction in frequency and severity of migraines after receiving gentle adjustments to the C1 vertebra (atlas). Many found complete relief.
If you are suffering from migraines, especially if you have experienced head or neck trauma in the past, we encourage you to find a local upper cervical chiropractic practice. A precise and gentle adjustment of the atlas may start you on the road to better health.