British researchers have developed a portable transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) device to treat migraines at home.
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) has already proven itself in the treatment of drug-resistant depressions and is beginning to interest researchers in helping autistic people to look at others. But in the UK, it is in the treatment of resistant migraines that the SMT has proven itself. So much so that the London Hospital is now offering some of its patients the option to carry out transcranial magnetic stimulation sessions at home, using a portable device, to prevent migraines.
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is a therapy that uses magnetic fields to deliver small electrical currents to the outer surface of the brain (the cortex). These impulses help reduce the over-excitability of this area.
In the treatment of migraine, magnetic impulses attenuate the pain signals of the brain.
“SMT is a non-invasive, safe, well tolerated and easy-to-use treatment, with good evidence of effectiveness in the acute and preventative treatment of migraine,” says Dr. Giorgio Lambru, a neurologist at Guy and St Thomas Hospital in London. According to the doctor, about 60% of migraine patients saw the number of episodes divided by three thanks to these SMT sessions.