A non-pharmacological treatment for painful, incapacitating migraine headaches has been developed by the head of the neurology department at Rambam Hospital in Haifa. Instead of a pill, Prof. David Yarnitzky has invented Theranica, a patch with electrodes attached to the arm that the migraine sufferer can control on his own.
“Theranica redefines migraine treatment by means of neuromodulation,” Yarnitzky told The Jerusalem Post. “Instead of placing electrodes and other cumbersome devices on the head, the patient can attach our clinically-tested wearable patch to the arm and launch a personalized pain-relief program.”
The device is stuck to the skin between the elbow and the shoulder in a discreet way. It sends electrical signals that can be controlled via a cellular phone application.
Tests have witnessed dramatic results. 60 percent of patients who participated in a study written up in the journal Neurology reported that their pain was reduced from serious to moderate, light or no pain by use of the patch. More extensive trials are slated for the U.S. and Israel in the near term.