If you asked the average person on the street what Botox did, the chances are that they would give you one answer, and one answer repeatedly; it smooths out wrinkles and makes the patient look younger. And this is correct. Botox does have the ability to relax certain muscles in the facial area that will give a much more pronounced youthful look, and for many people they would consider this to be the only use of Botox that they would see – but that is just not true. There are seemingly more and more uses for Botox in a medical setting every single year, as more research throws up more understanding of exactly how we can use the chemical, and that means that in the last few years, Botox is starting to be used for these other reasons for more often than the traditional cosmetic surgery route. So what exactly are they?
Well, one of the most popular medical uses of Botox is to treat migraines. These chronic headaches can last for days, if not weeks, and can affect people’s vision and balance, making it almost impossible for them to do anything while they have the migraine. Some people are unable to drive during a migraine, and the pain can be absolutely unbearable, preventing them from being able to listen to anything or even be in the light. For some people, this can be a monthly or even weekly occurrence, and this is described as chronic migraines, something that has almost no treatment options available. Until now. It has been discovered that Botox injections in certain places around the head and neck can actually change the pressure points within a patient, and this can lead them to stop having chronic migraines, a truly miraculous change for someone whose life has been ruled by them.
Of course, there are some within the medical community who are not entirely convinced by the efficacy of Botox injections for chronic migraines, and they point to the placebo effect, an acknowledged part of medicine that can make it very difficult to prove whether a treatment is actually working, or whether the patient is just so convinced that it is working that their mind tricks their body into thinking that it is getting better again. Those who do not believe that Botox could have such a positive effect on the body base this on their understanding of the chemical itself; one of the most potent poisons that has ever been discovered on this planet, they find it difficult to accept that something so deadly can actually have such a positive impact on a person’s health.
But if you speak to the patients who receive Botox injections for their chronic migraines, what do they think? Well, many of them do not seem to care whether it is the Botox itself or their own minds that are doing the healing – they are just glad to be able to return to their normal lives of going to work, picking up the kids from school, and simply not have to worry about a sudden rush of nausea telling them that a migraine is coming on. They just trust that the Botox isn’t doing them any harm, and that is enough for them. Why question what is already working?
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