Lavender Oil

Known for its sweet smell and intoxicating aromas, lavender oil has for a long time been used as a fragrance and for aroma therapy.

Peppermint Oil

Well known for its intense and unique smell, but it has also been used to treat pain for centuries. Muscle spasms, toothaches, nausea, as well as of course migraines have all been shown to be helped by the use of peppermint.

Feverfew

Was first used in ancient Greece around the fifth century BC for a variety of ailments such as dizziness, inflammation, breathing problems, and migraines.

BOTOX FOR MIGRAINES

Migraines are a headache disorder which results in severe to moderate head pain due to changes in the brain chemistry. In some cases it is accompanied by other symptoms such as nausea, vomiting and increased sensitivity to light, smell or sound.

Chronic migraine affects approximately 2% of the world population, in the UK alone there are over 190,000 migraine attacks every day.

There are several types of migraines including:

  • migraine with aura – where there are specific warning signs just before the migraine begins, such as seeing flashing lights
  • migraine without aura – this is the most common type, where the migraine occurs without the specific warning signs
  • migraine aura without headache, this is where you would get the sign of the aura, however the migrains doesn’t occur at all

The exact cause of migraines is not fully understood, although they’re thought to be the result of temporary changes in the chemicals, nerves and blood vessels in the brain, also genetics and environmental factors appear to play a role. There are however some factor that can trigger Migraines such as:

  • stress
  • tiredness
  • certain foods or drinks
  • Anxiety
  • Lack of food or sleep
  • Exposure to light
  • Hormonal changes (in women)

Botox for migraines

Botox is not just used for plastic surgeries, it’s also used for for treating migraine headaches. Chronic migraines is a headache that for more than 15 days per month. Botox does not cure this disorders however it can offer relief from pain.

Botox is a form of botulinum toxin, a neurotoxin produced by the bacteria that causes botulism. When the Botox botulinum toxin is purified and used in tiny doses in specific areas, it temporarily reduces muscle contractions for approximately 3 months.

Botox is injected around pain fibres across seven specific head/neck muscle areas that are involved in headaches. Botox works by blocking the release of certain neuro-transmitters that are linked to causing pain. Including acetylcholine and also by blocking the movement of certain nerves and muscles. To prevent headache, Botox blocks these signals from reaching the central nervous system and causing the nerves to become highly sensitive.

Treatment requires 32 injections, though individual patients may require fewer or more. You’ll receive injections every twelve weeks, and each session only takes a few minutes. Expect the injections around the forehead and eyebrows to be a little more uncomfortable than the rest. BOTOX begins to work as soon as it’s injected, and you should see full results within a week of your first injections. Most patients who benefit from BOTOX treatments receive five rounds of injections over 15 months. BOTOX is injected using a very fine needle. Most injections feeling like a small prick or bee sting.

Botox takes time to work but it can prevent headaches before they even start, one treatment can lasts for 10-12 weeks. About one in four patients do not respond; one in four respond well to the first or second set of injections, and half need more than two sets of injections to get a good response.  Studies show that 47% of patients had a 50% or greater reduction in the number of days with headache.

the US Food and Drug Administration and the UK Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency: both bodies approved the therapy for chronic migraine last year.

Side effects

The side effects of Botox for Migraine aren’t widespread (less than 10% of patients are affected), however patient may experience some of the following:

  • Neck pain
  • Headache
  • Facial loss of movement
  • Eyelid drooping
  • Lung inflammation
  • Muscle stiffness and weakness
  • Muscle pain and spasms
  • Pain at injection site
  • High blood pressure

Botox is a safe, effective treatment for chronic migraine that can reduce the dependency on other prescription medication for some people and it is highly recommend to patients, as it’s a great alternative or accompanying treatment.”