According to the World Health Organisation, Migraines affect around one billion individuals worldwide!
Migraine is a neurological disease that mimics a headache, but is a lot worse. This is because it is often recurrent, and can be long-term, but with the right treatment and medications, you can control the symptoms. To much disbelief, Botox is one of these treatments that has proven to be effective in controlling migraine symptoms.
This treatment has a lot more benefits than just anti-ageing. In this post, we will dig deeper into how it relieves the symptoms of migraine.
What does Botox entail?
The scientific name for Botox is botulinum toxin. This is a neurotoxin naturally produced by the Clostridium botulinum bacteria. This substance is injected right around the pain fibres that cause migraines. The injection is carefully administered in tiny doses, right where the nerve endings are located. The practitioners only use Botox in its purified and diluted form.
Once it’s injected, the Botox stops the brain from releasing the chemicals that are responsible for pain transmission. By inhibiting the pathway of the trigeminovascular system, it reduces the intensity of a migraine attack. This is because these sensory pathways are responsible for transmitting pain signals across the body.
Botox also reduces muscle contractions by paralysing them which prevents a migraine episode before it even starts.
Is it really effective?
A survey was conducted that interviewed 1,384 migraine patients who were treated with Botox. Each of them received Botox injections every 12 weeks, over the course of 56 weeks in total.
After the treatment was over, those who received Botox experienced eight fewer days of migraine episodes every month! After a year or so, the number of headaches reduced by around 50%.
The same study also suggests that there were very few side effects associated with the use of Botox. Most patients were able to tolerate it with mild symptoms of occasional weakness. Botox is a safe treatment since it’s administered by professionals who are certified and well-trained.
An additional benefit is that you don’t have to rely on many medications and painkillers in order to control your symotems, so there are fewer chances of developing dependency and addiction. It can be said that painkillers can be damaging in the long run if you take more than the required dosage or rely on them as a reliever. Botox, on the other hand, is a safer alternative.