I’m always interested to hear about drug-free ways to treat or prevent migraine and keep a watch out for anything new to bring you. Today I read about the Cefaly Anti-migraine device.
When worn this looks a little like something out of a science fiction movie. See video below. But, if it works, I won’t hold that against it!
When I say “new”, I mean new-to-me, and mentioning this device doesn’t mean I endorse it. As always, please consult your usual medically qualified health provider before following any of the advice on this site.
What is Cefaly(R)?
Quoting from the Costco website, where I found the product:
Developed in Europe, the Cefaly® is a medical device that relieves migraine pain without the use of drugs and medication. It uses TENS technology to stimulate the pain centre of the brain telling it to produce more endorphins to relieve the migraine. When used on a regular basis, studies have shown that it may reduce the frequency of migraine occurrence.
How does Cefaly(R) anti-migraine device work?
I won’t try to go into the science of how it works, here’s the company’s video to do that for you – it’s pretty technical, but sounds very plausible.
Still here? Good! Well perhaps easier to follow are the Costco customer reviews for Cefaly. As you’ll see there are mixed opinions, which is only to be expected. At the time of writing a majority of those commenting would recommend it to friends.
Costco is a very reputable company and (as a happy customer) I tend to be favorably disposed to products they stock, as they’re usually good quality. They have such an excellent refund policy that they have to be sure of their products as Costco customers are a pretty discerning bunch and very quick to take products back if they are unhappy with them. Especially when they’re in the price-bracket of the Cefaly (R).
So would I buy a Cefaly(R) Anti-migraine device for myself?
The honest answer at the time of writing is no, but that’s because I have my own migraines under control with diet and lifestyle changes. I suspect if I were still suffering, I’d be first in the queue!
If you haven’t managed to cure your own migraines yet, and your medical practitioner hasn’t been able to help, I strongly suggest you discuss with him/her whether the Cefaly(R) Anti-migraine device may be of benefit. The theory behind it, and the customer reviews, make this look a very interesting product for anyone still suffering from migraines.
Taking the other side of the coin, despite the fact that may people have found pain relief from TENS (Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation), others are skeptical.
More to the point, it’s just not my place to start recommending that people apply electrical stimulation to the brain! I’m playing safe on this one But then again, I wouldn’t recommend “pills” for migraine.
However, please feel free to share this blog post with anyone medically qualified as I’d be most interested in their comments. Also, if you have used Cefaly, please share your own experiences, good or bad.