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We all know Botox to be a fantastic solution for safely treating wrinkles and fine lines but did you know it also has many other health benefits besides being a formidable cosmetic treatment? Botox has been used therapeutically for years to provide relief for individuals with medical conditions most often associated with nerves and muscles. Just like the purified protein found in Botox helps to relax the facial muscles known for creating wrinkles, Botox can help relax and significantly reduce symptoms tied to muscular disorders.

1. Chronic migraines

With the stress of daily life, many people nowadays suffer from chronic migraines, which are headaches that occur more than 15 days out of the month. In 2013, Botox was approved by the FDA as an effective treatment for migraine headaches. When injected in the scalp area, Botox eases muscle tension and prevents pain signals from reaching nerve endings, reducing the pressure associated with headaches. Botox can reduce the severity of migraines for up to 6 months, making it one of the longest lasting treatment for chronic migraines available today.

2. Excessive sweating

Hyperhidrosis, or more commonly known as excessive sweating, can greatly affect a person’s daily life. Hyperhidrosis is severe enough that individuals suffering from this condition often sweat through their shirts and have to change clothes several times a day.

Botox can help treat excessive perspiration by temporarily blocking the sweat glands that cause hyperhidrosis. With a simple Botox injection, individuals experience instant relief that can last up to 8 months.

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3. Overactive bladders

An overactive bladder can be a burden in day-to-day life and until Botox was approved as a safe treatment for incontinence, there wasn’t much in the way of relief for patients living with this condition.

Since Botox was approved for effectively treating overactive bladders in 2011, doctors have been able to offer a safe treatment option for the nearly 3.4 million Canadians living with incontinence.

When injected into a patient’s bladder, the purified protein found in Botox can relax the muscles and allow more urine to be stored in the bladder, thereby vastly reducing the urge to hit the bathroom every hour. 

4. Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMJ)

The temporomandibular joint is located on either side of the head where the jaw meets the skull. We use it to talk, eat and swallow, among other activities.

When the temporomandibular joint becomes inflamed (either through excessive teeth grinding, gum chewing, or trauma), pain kicks in. While individuals with TMJ dysfunction commonly use dental guards and oral medication as a form of pain relief, Botox has become a popular alternative in recent years. Botox relieves tension in the jaw muscles, easing soreness and headaches.

Many patients now prefer Botox for TMJ pain relief, thanks to its quick application and long lasting results (Botox can ease pain for months!)

5. Cervical Dystonia

Cervical Dystonia is a neurological disorder that causes involuntary contraction of the neck muscles. It’s a painful and uncomfortable condition that has no permanent cure but of late, patients have been receiving Botox treatment to ease the symptoms of this disorder.

Once Botox is injected into the neck muscles, patients notice a significant decrease in pain and discomfort, as well as fewer uncontrollable neck spasms. While not a permanent solution, it has been has been proven to be an effective short term solution for the nearly half a million Canadians living with this debilitating disorder.

6. Eyelid spasm

While some of us may experience eyelid twitches from time to time when we’re tired or dehydrated, some individuals experience constant uncontrollable eyelid twitches and blinking, even after a full night’s sleep. This condition is called Blepharospasm and is caused by abnormal functioning of the basal ganglia (a group of nuclei responsible for the coordination of movement).

Luckily, this condition can be controlled with a simple Botox injection around the perimeter of the eye. Within a few days, patients will start to notice relief- and most of them will feel no effects of Blepharospasm for nearly four months!