TENS Gets Approved By FDA For Migraine Relief

A TENS unit or transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation unit works to prevent and relieve pain. It delivers small bursts of electrical impulses in harmless quantities to areas where pain is occurring. Recently, the FDA has approved a type of TENS which can be used specifically to treat migraine headaches. Medical News Today writes: “The US Food and Drug Administration has given its first approval for the marketing of a device for preventing migraine headaches. The federal agency says the device, which comes in the form of a headband that delivers a nerve-stimulating low electrical current, may bring relief to patients who cannot tolerate current migraine drugs.”

The latest in transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation is smaller than many of the other models, making it possible for the device to be worn on the head in the form of a headband. The look is different than other machines, but the technology is the same, using battery power to send electrical impulses into electrodes which are pressed against the skin where pain is occurring.

Migraine Headaches

Migraines are considered a disorder, which causes intense levels of pain to occur usually on one side of the head. It is often preceded by what is referred to as an aura; this is a physical sign that this type of headache will soon occur. Not all migraine sufferers will have long term pain from a headache or this kind, but they have been known to last up to three days.

This headache type throbs and pulsates, feeling as though the pain is slamming into the skull tie and again, which becomes unbearable for most sufferers. Migraines are usually treated in a similar fashion to standard headaches, unless they are found to be severe enough to warrant specialized medication.

TENS And Head Pain

TENS are not traditionally used to relieve headache pain, but the recent FDA approval on certain devices makes it possible for men and women to safely place them over the head without fear of negative side effects. In fact, TENS have little to no side effects whatsoever, although they do not work successfully in every type of pain or for every individual. The release of the new TENS for migraines and the testing it underwent before being released has shown this to be true. explains: “The double blind placebo controlled study in Belgium reported that it reduced the mean # of headache days. The therapeutic gain reported was 26%. This puts this device into the “mildly effective” category, as compared to migraine medications such as venlafaxine, verapamil, or topiramate which generally are effective in about half or more.”

This makes the new migraine model one of the safest and most natural methods to relieve pain without medication. Pain medicine is known to cause a variety of side effects, and can lead to addiction issues in the future after long term use. Now men and women can find comfort without the fear of taking too much or not enough medicine to find relief.

TENS units can be used more than once per day and each comes with its own instructions on timing, electrode placement, and other variables. The level of electricity being used by a machine can also be a determining factor in whether or not it will cure a migraine, as well as whether it can be used ongoing or as few times as possible.

Gaining FDA Approval

TENS machines have long since gained the approval of the FDA, but the 2014 approval of this migraine machine marched the first of its kind to be acknowledged as safe for public use. The FDA is very careful in the selections that they make, running a multitude of tests before deciding whether or not something should be approved. The FDA writes: “The FDA, an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, protects the public health by assuring the safety, effectiveness, and security of human and veterinary drugs, vaccines and other biological products for human use, and medical devices. The agency also is responsible for the safety and security of our nation’s food supply, cosmetics, dietary supplements, products that give off electronic radiation, and for regulating tobacco products.”

The approval of this device has caused many more of its kind to be imagined and further research into possible migraine treatment alternative to be completed. The scientific community is still working hard within his field to someday find a way to halt migraine pain altogether. Due to its association with the brain, it has been found to be very different than most typical headaches, and therefore much more difficult to treat, particularly in chronic cases.

The cause of migraines vary from person to person, although genetics do tend to be an underlying reason. Lack of sleep, allergies, poor eating habits, dehydration, and obesity can also contribute to this condition.