What is Supraorbital and Occipital Nerve Stimulation?

Chronic headaches of any type can destroy your life and make you unable to function. A new treatment, occipital and supraorbital nerve stimulation, offers a safe and effective treatment for chronic headaches. Nerve stimulation is done only in patients who have had all other treatments, including medications and Botox, for their headaches. Continue reading to learn what each of these treatments entail!

What is Supraorbital Nerve Stimulation?

In supraorbital transcutaneous stimulation (supraorbital nerve stimulation), a stimulator device is placed on the patient’s forehead or under the skin of the forehead and an electrical current is applied to the supraorbital nerves, a branch of the frontal nerve.

This passes through a branch of the frontal nerve, which then branches to the forehead, scalp, eye socket area, and frontal sinus. Supraorbital nerve stimulation has been proven helpful to those who are regular migraine sufferers. However, when supraorbital nerve stimulation is joined with occipital nerve stimulation, it provides a complete treatment for migraine relief.

What is Occipital Nerve Stimulation?

Occipital Nerve Stimulation (ONS) is a form of Neurostimulation, where a stimulator device is implanted under the skin that stimulates the spinal cord or nerves using a mild electromagnetic pulse. This treatment is used to reduce pain that radiates from the greater and lesser occipital nerves, located in the back of the head.

Patients consider this treatment option after other treatments, like oral medications, have failed to provide relief. Developed by Dr. Kenneth L. Reed, ONS has been an FDA-approved treatment available since the early 1990s for certain types of pain syndromes. While not approved for head and facial pain specifically, it is considered an “off-label” use for treating migraine pain.


Do you think that one of these procedures might be for you? Give us a call at 844-939-7246 for more information!