Fifteen or more headache days each month with migraine pain that lasts four hours or more could mean you suffer from chronic migraines. Even suffering episodic migraines, with 14 or fewer headache days a month, is still too may days to let symptoms interrupt your life. Here at RehabOne, with convenient locations in Los Gatos, San José, Gilroy, and Salinas, California, we take a whole-person, conservative approach to treating pain.
We’ve found that many of our patients get relief from chronic migraines with Botox® injections. If you regularly miss work or activities you enjoy because of debilitating migraine symptoms, there’s an effective alternative to taking headache and migraine prescription medications each time you feel a migraine coming on.
Discover why Botox may be the best proactive solution to managing your migraine pain.
Surprising, isn’t it? Most people think of Botox as a cosmetic injectable that smoothes out fine lines and wrinkles across your forehead and around your eyes. While Botox is certainly an effective anti-aging treatment, it’s also an FDA-approved chronic migraine therapy.
When your provider at RehabOne injects Botox into seven specific muscle areas in your head and neck, the botulinum toxin — a neurotoxin that occurs in nature — helps reduce migraine pain for the next 12 weeks.
Botox for migraines is a preventive medication. You don’t wait until you have symptoms to take it, but rather it helps prevent migraines from starting in the first place. Initially, you begin with two Botox treatments spaced about 12 weeks apart.
After your initial two Botox treatments, if you’re having fewer headaches each month, then you can continue receiving Botox injections every 12 weeks, or as your health care provider at RehabOne recommends.
During each appointment, your provider injects Botox into the muscle groups of your head and neck for a total of 31 injections. The needle is so tiny that you feel something similar to a pinprick, but nothing really painful. And each appointment only takes about 15-20 minutes.
The injections aren’t deep either, so discomfort is minimal and temporary. Botox goes just below your skin into the targeted muscle groups. The medication enters the nerve endings that contribute to your migraine pain.
There, the botulinum toxins block the release of chemicals that transmit pain signals to your brain. As a result, the pain networks that usually come to life with the onset of a migraine no longer activate, so you don’t feel the usual pain and migraine symptoms.
After a series of Botox injections for migraine pain, you may have up to eight to nine fewer headache days each month. For many women and men, that’s like cutting your migraine symptoms in half — especially if you suffer from 15 or more headache days each month. Imagine waking up ready to take on the day more often than not, thanks to Botox injections for migraine pain.
When it comes to dealing with migraines, would you rather rely on prescription medications you take as soon as you feel symptoms coming on, or are you ready to try a more preventive approach with simple Botox injections you only need every three months?
We invite you to learn more about Botox for migraines by scheduling a consultation today. Call our friendly office staff at the RehabOne location closest to you, or book an appointment online anytime.