Doctors have been using magnets to treat migraines for nearly half a century. But the remedy has always been cumbersome — treatments were in-office or in-hospital only and administered by a device the size of a Volkswagen.
But now, scientists have figured out a way to make the unit smaller (and portable) which means at-home treatments are finally a reality.
“Magnets simulate the brain,” Dr. Richard Lipton, vice chair of the department of neurology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx and director of the Montefiore Headache Center tells The Post. “Forms of magnet therapy have been used as both diagnostic and therapeutic tools for a very long time. The challenge was building a lightweight, portable device. But now we’ve accomplished that.”
In England, researchers at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, which comprises of two of London’s well-known teaching hospitals, have been testing out the portable, hand-held mechanism that uses single-pulse transcranial magnetic stimulation (sTMS) therapy to treat and prevent migraines. Anna Andreou, Ph.D, director of headache research at Guy’s and St Thomas’ and King’s College London, said in a statement this week that the testing has worked “especially well.”