Alternative uses for Botox
Bruxism (Teeth Grinding)
Bruxism is characterized by the grinding of the teeth and is typically accompanied by the clenching of the jaw leading to morning migraines, headaches, jaw and TMJ pain. Bruxism is the leading cause of dental damage such as worn teeth and tooth loss. Strategically placed Botox injections relax the masseter muscle. This reduces the effects of grinding and clenching whilst preserving muscle strength. Treated patients start feeling the effects the following day with migraines usually dissipating by the end of the first week. This treatment can also help one break a nail biting habit.
The discovery of Botox for the use of migraines came about accidentally as patients who happened to suffer from migraines noticed that their migraines improved after cosmetic Botox injections to reduce brow and forehead wrinkles. Two large trials of Botox use for migraines provided unequivocal proof that Botox reduced the number of days with headaches, improved multiple headache symptoms and improved the quality of life. Botox for migraines may be less expensive than standard medications and has fewer side effects.
Hyperhidrosis is the medical term for excessive perspiration which is almost totally resistant to all the types of deodorants and other odour controlling medication. It is caused by over activity of the sweat glands and is present in 1 % of the population. This may make normal every day activities more difficult to carry out and it can cause embarrassment at work or socially. Strategically placed Botox injections successfully treats hyperhidrosis for the underarms, palms and feet.