Botox Injection Therapy
Treatment with botulinum toxin type A, which is more commonly known as Botox, is generally associated with cosmetic procedures — to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and to make one appear younger by recreating the firmness of youthful skin.
This is done by effectively paralyzing the muscles in the affected area, and this cosmetic treatment has been shown to have a therapeutic application for the treatment of certain types of migraines.
Botox treatment is effective for tension-type headaches where the pain is caused, in large part, by persistent and chronic muscle contraction. By partially paralyzing the area using Botox injections, a certified practitioner can significantly lessen the pain.
It is important to note that not all headaches and migraines respond as well to Botox treatment. While tension and muscle-related headaches have shown favourable responses, other types (such as those that present with stabbing sensations in the cheek and next to the eye) are not as successfully treated with Botox.
A good rule of thumb is that migraines and headaches that present as an inward pressure (compression, crushing, squeezing sensations) have a much higher response rate (greater than 80 per cent) than those presenting with outward pressure (exploding sensations), which show less than a 15 per cent response rate.
Each case presents differently and we will work with you to develop a treatment plan that specifically addresses the type of migraines from which you suffer and the locations in which they manifest. Our staff are very knowledgeable in the field and will take the time to discuss with you the treatment options available to you and whether you are a candidate for Botox treatment.
Please contact us at Orthodontic Studio to learn more about Botox treatment of migraine headaches.
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