A “Migraineur” is a term used to denote a person who has a migraine. If you suffer from migraines- you’ve probably tried many different treatments looking to find relief. Traditional approaches to reducing the frequency of migraines have focused on the use of pharmaceutical products; for example, Topamax, Depakote, Propanolol. The issue with medication is that everyone is affected differently, medications often interact and mix negatively, they often have unwanted side effects and sometimes they even lead to more consistent migraine episodes. That’s why SILENCIO is smart. You don’t have to worry about any of that. For migraine sufferers who have not found relief with prescription migraine medications or other treatments, neurostimulation can be a long-term solution.
So, What Is Neurostimulation?
In Greek, “neuro” is the word for nerve. Neurostimulation is the practice of gentle stimulation to nerves that have been identified as sending strong, frequent pain signals. Stimulation provides pain relief by disrupting or gating the pain signals that travel between your spinal cord and your brain. So, basically, it blocks your pain. In the case of migraines, stimulating the occipital and trigeminal nerves stops the pain signal from even being communicated. If you are looking for a drug-free option for treating your chronic migraine, SILENCIO is for you!
How Does the SILENCIO® TENS UNIT WORK FOR MIGRAINES?
One possible theory providing evidence that supports the benefits of the SILENCIO treatment and its efficacy to reduce the number of migraine days is based on the Gate Control Theory of Pain. This theory was developed by Ronald Melzack, an experimental psychologist, and Patrick Wall, a sensory psychologist. The Gate Control Theory asserts that non-painful stimuli, such as a small amount of electricity, closes the “gates” to painful input which prevents pain sensation from traveling to the central nervous system.
Melzack and Wall brilliantly combined previous theories that together were classified as “pattern theory”, taking into account ideologies regarding the existence of pain-specific receptors on nerve cells. The neural circuit proposed was very specific, and was originally sketched on a cocktail napkin in a bar. A picture of that cocktail napkin can be found in the John C. Liebeskind History of Pain Collection at the UCLA library. In 1965 (51 years ago), the gate control theory gave scientists who were interested in pain something they didn’t have before, a working model to design experiments with, that would support or refute the model. They made pain research tangible for the first time. As a result, Melzack and Wall started calling themselves “pain researchers;” before, they were just physiologists with an interest in pain.
In some cases, electrical stimulation via a TENS unit will increase blood flow to the areas that are being stimulated. Electrical stimulation is nearly as old as written history. Some 4500 years ago various cultures in the Middle East and southern Europe used electrical eels to treat pain. One can only imagine the tweaking that therapy underwent as an adult eel packs enough electricity to kill a horse. Fortunately, electrical stimulation has come a long way since the electrical eel. Although mechanisms underlying therapeutic advantages of the methods of this theory are not yet precisely known, a possible mechanism may be that electromagnetic therapy can differentially stimulate or inhibit different types of excitable cells within a tissue to produce effects on those structures. The ability to select both a desired wavelength and bandwidth can permit a rapid and efficient means of delivering electromagnetic stimuli to an area or volume of tissue or other material in a reproducible fashion.
The SILENCIO therapy is most effective when used every night for 20 minutes prior to bed. The entire treatment protocol calls for 120 days to achieve maximum results. The Silencio medical device is available only by prescription and costs $249.00. A package of 4 electrodes are available for $8 and 16 electrode patches are available for $32.00. Hypoallergenic electrodes are also available at $20 for a pack of 4. The original electrodes provided with the SILENCIO unit lasts about two to four weeks. The battery is rechargeable and requires only one hour of recharge, once per week.
So, for the past 51 years the gate control theory essentially has stated that another sensation such as pressure or vibration can over-ride the pain sensation before it gets to the brain. That is where SILENCIO comes in. It’s a new kind of relief for the worst headaches.
The only thing you have to lose is your headache!
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