Botox is a drug made from a toxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. It’s the same toxin that causes a life-threatening type of food poisoning called botulism. Botox for migraines has been used for over 25 years. After you receive Botox injections, it may take as long as 10 to 14 days for you to experience relief. In some cases, you may not experience any relief from your symptoms following your first set of injections.
Common side effects of Botox treatments may include:
- muscle weakness near where the medicine was injected;
- trouble swallowing for several months after treatment;
- muscle stiffness, neck pain, pain in your arms or legs;
- blurred vision, puffy eyelids, dry eyes, drooping eyebrows;
- dry mouth;
- headache, tiredness
Low Level Laser Therapy is Equally Effective for the Pain Management of Migraines
A recent study has shown that low level laser therapy is equally effective for pain management of migraines with none of the side effects. The study also showed patients in the laser therapy group had better sleep patterns. The treatment plan was laser sessions twice a week for 5 weeks. (1)
Botox works by paralyzing the tight muscles of the face and neck. Laser is a light therapy that energizes the spastic muscles to relax.
At our office we take laser to another level by incorporating eye exercise to strengthen the weak muscles of the neck for a more long-lasting effect. The long-term effects of Botox aren’t known because it has only been used for a generation. It’s my opinion that your long-term chances of developing Parkinson’s and other movement disorders may be increased because you are injecting a neurotoxin into your body.
- Botulinum toxin A (BT-A) versus low-level laser therapy (LLLT) in chronic migraine treatment: a comparison. Loeb LM, et al. Arq Neuropsiquiatr. 2018. Loeb LM1, Amorim RP1, Mazzacoratti MDGN2, Scorza FA1, Peres MFP3.
If you or a loved one know anyone that suffers with these complaints, we may be able to help you! All new patients start with a free consultation at our office. Call my office for a complimentary consultation at 480-951-5006, or schedule your appointment here.
Treating the root cause of your condition, not just your symptoms, is the fastest way to recovery and is the best way to obtain optimal health and wellness.