Managing migraine without medication
With a significant proportion of the general population experiencing headache disorders, many of us are familiar with how debilitating migraines can be. Fortunately, there are alternative ways to manage headache disorders such as migraines without the need to take oral medication with the help of technology. In this article, we explore some of the new innovations to relieve migraine in a drug-free manner.
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Portable Neuromodulation Devices
Known as portable neuromodulation devices, they relieve migraine symptoms by limiting pain signals from the areas where migraine headaches start. Acting directly on the pathways involved in migraines (ie external trigeminal nerve stimulation) to significantly relieve pain and prevent future migraine attacks, these portable migraine treatment devices seek to treat acute migraine attacks quickly and to prevent future episodes.
Sending a mild electrical stimulation through the skin to activate the vagus nerve from outside your body (ie on the sides of your neck), the non-invasive vagus nerve stimulation is painless and the level of stimulation can be adjusted to what is comfortable. It works by stimulating the vagus nerve to block the pain signals causing the discomfort.
Currently, there are a handful of migraine treatment devices that are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), so do ensure to check if these medical devices are approved by the FDA before the utilisation of such devices to manage your migraine or headache disorders.
Cold Compress Head Wraps
If the above method sounds a little too complex and you prefer a simpler solution to manage your migraine attacks, do consider using cold compress head wraps.The treatment of migraine with cold therapy has been used for over 150 years. Using cold packs serve to constrict blood vessels by numbing the neurotransmission of pain, thereby reducing the intensity of your migraine.
Generally, it is recommended to consult a doctor for a professional medical diagnosis and opinion on the treatment options available before embarking on any form of self treatment regimes at home.
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