Botox Q & A
How does Botox help migraine and headache pain?
Botox is an injectable solution made from a highly purified form of botulinum toxin — a substance that occurs in nature. You may be more familiar with Botox as a cosmetic wrinkle-reducer, but it’s also highly effective for headache and migraine relief.
When your provider injects Botox into areas across your forehead, between your eyebrows, and in your neck, it temporarily reduces muscle contractions for up to three months.
As Botox enters the nerve endings in the injection area, it blocks the release of chemicals involved in transmitting pain. This prevents the activation of the pain network in your brain. Over time, Botox prevents migraine and headache pain before it ever begins. Potentially, you can reduce your number of headache days by about 50% with Botox injections.
What can I expect during a Botox treatment?
You may feel a small pinch as your provider at Regenerative Medicine of the Rockies injects Botox into the specific areas of your head and neck. Typically, you receive 31 injections in seven key areas, and it usually takes only about 20 minutes.
You might experience temporary soreness in the injection sites immediately following your appointment, but an ice pack reduces any discomfort.
How long does it take for Botox to relieve migraine and headache pain?
It may take up to six months for Botox to deliver its maximum benefits for reducing migraine pain. In the meantime, you can still take migraine medication and undergo other treatments, including adjustments or massage therapy, with no risk of a drug interaction. Botox is safe because you don’t digest it in your stomach, and therefore, may be a viable part of your comprehensive treatment plan.
In most cases, you need at least two rounds of Botox injections to notice a difference in the frequency of your headaches. Your provider at Regenerative Medicine of the Rockies prescribes Botox treatment for migraines based on your individual needs.
Am I a good candidate for Botox injections for migraines?
If you suffer from chronic migraines, which means you have headaches for 15 days or more each month, you may be an ideal candidate for Botox injections. Typically, the more frequent your migraines, the more relief you get from Botox. When other medications and treatments fail to provide the results you’d hoped for, Botox injections may be the best option.
To learn more, call Regenerative Medicine of the Rockies to schedule a consultation, or book an appointment online today.