Non-invasive stimulation of the upper arm – A New Innovative Migraine Treatment

Migraines Today

There is currently no cure for migraines or debilitating headaches, meaning that new treatments are needed. In May 2019, a new innovative migraine treatment was introduced called Remote Electronic Stimulation.  There is only one Remote Electronic Stimulation device currently available so many people know it by its brand name: Nerivio.

What is the Remote Electronic Stimulation device?

The device is a hi-tech innovative armband, worn on the upper arm.  It transfers small electrical pulses onto the skin for 45 minutes at a time. Once you have the armband on, you then connect it to your smartphone via Bluetooth and use the app to control the intensity of the treatment.

The device aims to provide safe and effective relief from migraines without minimal side effects. It is powered by a non-rechargeable battery and is also non-invasive and drug-free. The device is effective for 12 treatments only. Once the treatments are done, it must be thrown away and a new device will be needed to refill the prescription.

How Does the Device Treat Chronic Headaches?                                                         

At first glance, it seems odd to treat a headache with a device that goes in the arm.  It provides “conditioned pain modulation,” where certain non-painful electronic sensations travel up the normal nerve pathways to the brain and block the release of headache pain.  So, the overall goal of the neuromodulation device is to alleviate symptoms and prevent headaches overall by regulating the neural activity in the brain.

It has been studied in teens and adults (12 years and older).  Prior to beginning any treatment, please consult with your physician.

The device and its Side Effects

A few patients have reported side effects that are associated with the use of the Nerivio Remote Electronic Stimulation device. Some of these side effects include:

  • Muscle spasms
  • Temporary numbness in the hand or arm
  • Itching or tingling sensation
  • Temporary and mild pain in the arm, shoulders or neck


The new Remote Electronic Stimulation device is an exhilarating invention in the world of migraine treatment. For some, this may be the relief that they are hoping for.

The Role of The Will Erwin Headache Research Foundation

The Will Erwin Headache Research Foundation was founded with the mission to find a cure for cluster headaches and migraines, increase awareness about the different types of debilitating headaches, and spread news of the available treatment options to those in need. The Foundation strives to remain a knowledge leader in the field and keep others informed of any changes and updates to the research associated with these debilitating headaches.

The Will Erwin Headache Research Foundation works diligently to provide knowledge and awareness of the available treatment options for the millions of people who suffer from migraines and debilitating headaches. The Foundation is dedicated to furthering migraine and headache research to find a cure to end the pain for sufferers worldwide. To help The Foundation in its mission, please consider contributing today.