Botox can be used on selected clients who suffer with chronic migraine.
What is Botox for Chronic Migraine?
Botox can be used on selected clients who suffer with chronic migraine. These patients must suffer from very frequent migraines, 15 or more days in a month to be precise. Botox is not recommended for patients who experience fewer migraines than this.
Botox is a neurotoxin derived from Clostridium botulinum, an organism found in the natural environment where it is largely inactive and non-toxic. Botulinum toxin is used to reduce fine lines and wrinkles by paralyzing the underlying muscles.
When people who suffered from migraines used Botox for anti-wrinkle purposes they reported to their doctors that their migraines had much improved. Following on from this and a study into Botox as a migraine pain treatment it was proven that Botox did infact cause migraine relief. When Botox is injected around pain fibres that are involved in headaches, it prevents activation of pain networks in the brain.
Using a small needle, Botox is injected into shallow muscles in the skin around your head and neck. The treatment itself is quick and the duration is about 20 minutes.
Are there side effects?
Neck pain is the most common side effect from the Botox shots and we recommend using an icepack to reduce this discomfort. There is no down time needed after this treatment so clients can return to their normal duties straight after the treatment.
When will clients see results and how long will it last?
Patients can expect to see results 2 to 3 weeks after their first treatment and this treatment should be repeated every 12 weeks.