Most people are familiar with Botox as a cosmetic treatment used to improve or eliminate wrinkles, but that is only half of the story! In 2010, Botox was approved by the FDA for effectiveness in treating chronic migraines. In most cases, symptoms of chronic migraine, tension headaches, and neck pain arise directly from the muscle. Likewise, the same muscles that control the bite are also notorious for generating headaches and pain from compression of the TMJ. Virtually any problem that results from muscle pain or tension can benefit from efforts to calm that muscle down – and that is just what Botox does. Botox relaxes the muscle by decreasing its ability to contract. Targeting muscle groups that are the source of the problem, whether directly or indirectly, is an effective way to alleviate pain that may have been around for years. Regular treatment every 12 weeks offers a comprehensive way to address these problems, with research suggesting a decrease in the quantity and/or frequency of treatment necessary over time.
Patients who have a habit of grinding or clenching their teeth can also benefit from Botox treatment. When Botox is administered to certain muscle groups, these problems can be decreased or eliminated by limiting the amount of force the muscles can produce. Call today for a free personalized consultation regarding how you could benefit from treatment.