Each to Their Own Leaf: Dr Migraine introduces the ‘World of Botox Migraine Treatment’

Around 15% of the population has a migraine, with 1 in 50 of us having chronic migraine, meaning that they are affected by these intense headaches for over 15 days per month. Unlike a regular headache, migraines can produce nausea, vomiting, and light sensitivity. They frequently cause the effects of auras or other visual disturbances, slurred speech, weakness, and numbness on one side. The effects of Botox on headaches were first discovered two decades ago after people who chose to get injections for aesthetic reasons showed fewer migraines following the procedure. Although we still do not know precisely how it works, studies have suggested it decreases pain signalling by different brain receptors.

Botox: What is it?

Botox is a type of toxin. Specifically, it is the neurotoxin type responsible for an often deadly food poisoning known as botulism.

It has been discovered that a specific form of botulism bacteria blocks the nerve terminals involved in migraine from getting stimulated. Botox is used to treat wrinkles by its muscle relaxing properties, but in migraine has totally different mechanism as it blocks the nerve terminals from being stimulated. As nerves travel in muscle, we inject the muscles at the location of the nerves.

How does Botox work as a migraine treatment?

Botox started being used to smooth facial lines when it was discovered to paralyze the muscles into which it is injected.

Can Botox help?

If booked with a practitioner trained in Botox, the procedure takes about a quarter-hour to complete. It is done while the patient sits on a chair or the sofa and does not require anaesthetic since it is no more painful than acupuncture. It may take several days for results to become visible, but between four to six months before a patient needs another round of injections.

How Does This Translate into Migraine Treatment?

The researchers discovered that because many suffering from migraines also had shoulder and neck pain, the migraines were most likely caused by muscular tension, not by bloated blood vessels in the head, as was initially thought.

There is always a possibility for discomfort in the spot where it was injected for a day or two. Some people might experience a bit of drop in their eyelids, but this is usually unnoticeable as long as the injection is done correctly.

While studies show Botox injections may decrease migraines, as well as decrease the severity, every person will need to weigh the cost of injection against possible benefits before they decide whether or not this treatment is worth it for them. For some people suffering from frequent migraines, it may require frequent injections. A single injection can be as long as 10 to 13 weeks.

Can I be trained in treating migraines and pain with Botox?.

While training for Botox in the capital is a costly option, many practitioners are now trained in cheaper locations. We provide masterclass training for this! Please click this link to find out more.