Anit-Migraine Machine Promises To Stop Headaches, Or Is It Snake Oil
Would you use a product on your body even though its designer weren’t even exactly sure hot it works? I sure as hell wouldn’t…I think…not sure.
The Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation device, which measures about the size of a standard hair dryer, promises to provide significant relief to those with migraine headaches. You place the device up to the back of your head, which sends small electrical pulses through your brain and body. Somehow, someway it stops the headache right in its tracks, at least according to a study performed on a group of individuals.
More than 160 men and women who suffer from significant headaches took part in the study. Half of the group was provided with a real working machine, while the other half was provided with a dummy device. 40% of the participants who used the actual device reported being pain free two hours later, compared with 22% in the other group. According to further studies those that used the device also reported being pain free 24-48 hours later.
The machine is not currently available to the public, but is currently going through testing and might one day go on sale for $1,500.