People tend to think of Botox as a solution to cosmetic issues. However, Botox can, in many cases, be a solution to medical issues as well. A purified form of botulinum toxin, which is commonly known by the brand name Botox, has helped to ease chronic pain for people around the globe. Patients with chronic neck and back pain have seen extraordinary results from these injections.
Botulinum toxin is usually taken as an injection. It flows into your nerve endings and inhibits them from responding as they normally might. Electrical nerve impulses are prevented when you take Botox. Botulinum toxin’s ability to do this means it is commonly used for cosmetic purposes. Fewer wrinkles will occur on the face if facial muscles don’t respond as they usually would, for example.
However, botulinum toxin, and its ability to stop nerves responding to electrical impulses, was originally approved as a means of treating severe muscle contractions. Long before it was used for its anti-aging abilities, Botox was used for medical reasons. After all, the treatment has an effect that relaxes muscles by blocking the neurotransmitters that tell muscles to contract. The lack of contraction means that muscle tension and muscle pain is greatly eased. Botox can therefore be a solution for people experiencing debilitating pains in areas such as the face, neck and wrists. This affects people from all backgrounds whether you are a labourer in a construction site or an executive working in an airport identity checkin area. Everyone is prone to migranes.
One of the other things that Botox can treat is a chronic migraine. Chronic migraines are far more severe than what most people suffer. It is when you have at least two weeks of headaches every month that have induced light sensitivity, hearing problems, nausea and pulsating physical pain in the head. Small nerves that carry the pain to the brain from the head are what facilitate migraines. Botulinum toxin is able to reduce these impulses so that chronic migraines become less common.
Botox should not be a considered an immediate and total cure to chronic pains or migraines. One in four people will need more than one set of injections before they see a positive improvement in the pain; half of people will require at least three. However, botulinum toxin is able to eventually improve the quality of life for most people. It can allow you to manage the pain so you no longer have to live in agony.