Botox® injections can be used to prevent migraines by targeting specific areas of the head and neck to relax the muscles and thus reduce blood pressure so preventing the nerves from sending signals that lead to a migraine. It involves a series of 31 tiny Botox® injections into various sites across the forehead, temples, back of the head, neck and top of the shoulders.
In a study of adults who get chronic migraine headaches, shots of Botox® cut down the total number of days they had them or even other types of headaches. They also had more pain-free days each month, and they reported fewer days off work.
In another study, nearly half the people who took two rounds of Botox® shots reported that the number of days they had a headache each month was cut in half. After five rounds of treatment, that increased to about 70% of the people.
Botox® works for migraine headaches because it blocks chemicals called neurotransmitters that carry pain signals from your brain. Botox® is like a block in that pathway. It stops the chemicals before they get to the nerve endings around your head and neck. The treatment is available at our clinic in Weybridge, Surrey, call today to book your consultation on 01932 706402.
When Botox® is injected the release of acetylcholine is blocked, which prevents the contraction of the muscle. Abnormal muscle contraction is reduced by Botox®, which allows the muscle(s) to become less stiff. In migraine, it is thought that Botox® relaxes muscles that may otherwise be sensitive to pain.
It involves a series of 31 tiny injections into various sites across the forehead, temples, back of the head, neck and top of the shoulders.
It feels like tiny pinpricks in each of the 31 locations. Very tiny needles, the same as used by diabetics are used and the injections are done at a relatively fast pace. A 45-minute time slot is allowed for the appointment.
The treatment will kick in after about seven days in terms of relaxing the susceptible muscles. This may translate into fewer and less intense migraines to almost complete cessation after regular treatment. The benefit may last up to three months and longer in some cases.
Although there is overall benefit, each individual will vary in response, based on various factors such as chronicity, baseline frequency intensity and response of muscles to Botox®.
Successive treatments are done at about three to four-month intervals.
As the effect of Botox® is to relax the muscles, sometimes the resultant weakness may be more than expected. This can cause a lid droop when forehead muscles are done or a shoulder and neck weakness when these regions are treated. However, as the Botox is slowly digested by the body the weakness will spontaneously resolve and improve over a matter of weeks.
No Botox® treatments are done for pregnant or lactating women. If you are on any blood thinners, then please inform your clinician beforehand.
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