Migraine headband treatment reduces pain

DENVER — Millions of people with migraine headaches have new hope in the form of a headband that can actually reduce their symptoms.

The Cefaly Headband uses a high frequency signal to dull headache pain. It’s used in addition to migraine medications.

The idea is to reduce the patient’s need for medication, which cuts the risk of building up a tolerance to the drugs.

Aurora mother Mariana Meyer is one of the first to use the Cefaly headband. She said it is instrumental in relieving her pain.

“It’s scary sometimes because you never know how severe the pain is going to get,” Meyer said. “You may not be a hundred percent and at your best to watch (your child).”

Mariana said she’s already using less medication with the band, which she uses at the first sign of a migraine coming on.

“It’s great because it has no side effects so I’d rather do this first to see if it takes the pain away,” Meyer said.

Migraine headaches can be brought on by things like sunlight and noise from traffic. Women have an extra trigger that’s difficult to control — hormonal changes.

Dr. Michael Ament of the Ament Headache Center in Cherry Creek said, “somewhere around when a woman enters puberty, that’s when there’s a big shift.”

Doctors say if you start having headaches that come along with nausea and light sensitivity, get help right away.

There are treatments that take away the pain, and get you back to enjoying your life.