Cefaly headband gets FDA approval for migraine treatment

Researchers around the world are always looking for new devices and gadgets that will help keep people healthy. A new gadget called the Cefaly has been approved by the FDA for treatment of pain caused by migraine headaches. The gadget is a headband and can relieve pain without using medications.

The device runs on battery power and sits on the forehead with parts that go over the ears. The center portion of the headband is positioned between the eyes using a self-adhesive electrode. The headband then applies an electric current to the skin and underlying body tissues.

That electrical current is able to stimulate the branches of the trigeminal nerve, which is associated with pain felt in migraine headaches. The device is made by a company from Belgium called Cefaly Technology.

It is only available with a prescription and can be used for up to 20 minutes per day. The FDA notes that users of the device could feel a tingling or massaging sensation where the electrode is applied. This sounds a lot like a TENS unit that is applied to the head, and those have been around for years. The Cefaly device sells for $349.99 and extra electrodes cost $24.99 per three pack.