Can Botox Help With Migraines?
You have most likely already heard of Botox and its use for wrinkle reduction and anti-aging purposes – but did you know that Botox can also help to relieve migraines?
Here’s how it works.
Let's Refresh Our Knowledge On Botox
Botox is a neurotoxin, which sounds a lot scarier than it actually is. This botulinum toxin is produced from a bacteria that causes botulism, but don’t worry – it is purified to create the injection.
Botox injections are used to freeze muscle contractures. For the purposes of wrinkle reduction, Botox is most commonly injected into the muscles around the eyes and in the forehead.
When injected, Botox blocks the release of the chemical acetylcholine, or a chemical messenger between the body between the brain and your muscles. Blocking this chemical, in essence, paralyzes movement and muscle spasms.
Without this muscle movement, the skin above the muscle does not move, pinch, or develop wrinkles.
This is the process of utilizing Botox for facial rejuvenation, but these injections can be useful for treating migraines, too!
How Do These Treatments Work?
The traditional throbbing pain of migraines are can result from many different catalysts; migraines are from hormone changes, diet, stress, sleep issues, and more.
Botox, as we discussed earlier, blocks neurotransmitters in the brain to freeze movement. When fighting migraines, this can be a fantastic tool.
Injections are spaced across the scalp, focusing on either side and where your headaches typically begin.
Injecting Botox into the scalp and neck has two functions:
- Paralyzing movement of muscle spasms in the neck
- And blocking pain signals in the scalp.
This procedure won’t take very long at all to perform – only about 20 minutes! Your injector will inject up to 40 shots of Botox equally spaced on either side of your head, focusing on areas that primarily give you headache attacks.
Following your appointment, you may feel some soreness at the injection site. Alternate with hot and cold packs to help soothe away the sensitivity, and consult with your injector for instructions for proper care.
Find Relief At Smooth By Sarah
At Smooth By Sarah, we are always happy to deliver aesthetic wellness – but we care for your total health as well.
We partner with Warner Orthopedics & Wellness to offer total care for your whole body, from facial rejuvenation to IV Infusion Therapy to Botox treatments for migraines and muscle contractures.
Contact us today to help you find the perfect treatment for you. We’ll help you look and feel your best in no time!
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