According to the Migraine Research Foundation, nearly 1 in 4 U.S households have one family member who suffers from migraines, while 1 billion people are affected worldwide. It’s no surprise that so many people are taking medicine for it. But, what if we told you that there might be another way? Meet Nerivio!
Nerivio is an FDA-approved device that can treat migraines without using any drugs or injections. This is great not only for those experiencing the side effects of medicine but also for those who just don’t like invasive meds.
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With all that said, let us take a closer look at Nerivio!
Side-Effects of Migraine Medicine
First things first, let’s start with why you may want to consider using something like a migraine-treating gadget in the first place. One of the most solid reasons to do so is because migraine-treating drugs often come with side effects.
According to WebMD, two out three people avoid taking their prescribed drugs because they are afraid of the side effects – even when they know that these drugs can reduce or eliminate migraines. And these side effects often include:
- Excessive sleepiness
- Racing heartbeat
- Difficulty thinking
- Muscle weakness
- Chest pressure
- Warm sensations
- Weight gain
- Low blood pressure
- Dry mouth
- Decreased libido
- Hair loss
- Ringing in the ears
- Loss of appetite
And more depending on the medicine.
Of course, you will only get a fraction of these side effects depending on the specific drug type (Calcium channel blockers, Triptans, Tricyclic antidepressants, Gabapentin, etc.). But that’s still a rather long list – which is more than enough for us to steer away from migraine medication if we can help it.
And, of course, that’s without mentioning anything about other issues such as cost.
Meet the Nerivio Arm Band
As we mentioned above, even though migraine meds have proven to be quite effective, they also come with a few downsides. And that’s where the Nerivio Arm Band comes in!
Nerivio uses electrical neuromodulation to help you get rid of headaches and migraines as quickly as possible. And the best part about it is that it’s non-invasive, which means you don’t have to take any pills or injections.
Of course, it comes with none of the downsides that migraine meds are known for. But Theranica, the ones who make it, do claim that you should only use it if:
- You are at least 18 years of age and not pregnant (Mostly because it hasn’t been evaluated for these categories yet)
- You don’t suffer from congestive heart failure, severe cardiac or cerebrovascular disease
- There’s not any form of uncontrolled epilepsy
- The skin where you apply the device is dry and healthy, with normal physical sensation
- There are no metallic implants
- Not in proximity to any cancerous lesions
And you should only use it if you have a valid prescription after talking with your health care professional.
So, even if it has no known downsides, not everyone can use it due to the nature of electrical neuromodulation. However, it’s still a good alternative for patients who are looking for medication-free alternatives.
How Does it Work?
As we mentioned above, Nerivio uses electrical neuromodulation to stimulate the nerve fibers of the arm and, by extension, to send impulses to the back part of the brain.
If you set it up to the right level where you feel it just enough to the point where it’s not hurting you, that can act as a sort of painkiller with Conditioned Pain Modulation.
Of course, this is a simplified explanation. If you want more medical details, check out theranica’s official explanation.
Conditioned Pain Modulation should feel “Strong yet comfortable and not painful.” Thankfully, you can easily control the intensity of Nerivio wirelessly by using its app – which is available for both iOS and Android.
Furthermore, you can also use the app to check your history of treatment sessions, pain levels, and symptoms. If you want to, there’s the option of sending that data directly to your health professional for a deeper insight.
Nerivio: Wrapping Up
So, to wrap things up, Nerivio is a non-invasive, medicine-free, FDA-approved device that can act as a painkiller by stimulating your hand’s nerve fibers. And that’s mostly possible thanks to electrical neuromodulation.
It comes with all the pros of migraine medication and none of the cons. But, with all that said, it’s still highly recommended to consult your health expert before getting one.
That’s all for now. If you have any questions, feel free to let us know about them in the comments!