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Botox for migraine, Headaches and Teeth Clenching

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A large number of people around the world have been using botox to overcome problems with migraines, headaches and teeth clenching recently. Botox helps people reduce or prevent these conditions when it’s injected into muscles in the face and neck. Read on for more information about Botox for bruxism, botox for migraines and what makes it such an effective headache treatment.

Botox and TMJ

Botox is commonly used to treat TMJ or temporomandibular joint disorder. This joint can be felt when you open and close your jaw whilst putting your hands just in front of your ear. If you have TMJ pain, you may also hear a popping sound when your mouth is opened or closed. TMJ is linked to conditions like arthritis and activities like jaw clenching and teeth grinding.

Headaches from clenching and grinding

When you clench your teeth or grinding jaw too much, you may start to experience tension headaches or stress headaches. These are the kind of headaches you may endure when you are stressed or have been using a computer for several hours. It’s common for people to also feel pain in their neck muscles when experiencing TMJ problems. Botox injections can help you alleviate these symptoms when it is injected into our masseter muscle or jaw. Once the injection takes place, the relevant muscles are restricted and pain is reduced.

How botox reduces headaches

Many headache problems have been resolved via the use of botox, which can be injected around the pain fibres that are linked to headaches. Once botox has reached the nerve endings near to where it’s been injected, the release of chemicals that cause pain is stopped. Even though Botox won’t make your headaches disappear forever, it can dramatically decrease the frequency of them. This makes it easier for you to go about your daily activities and stops headaches interfering with your life so much.

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Physical and mental benefits

By treating headaches and migraines with botox, you can improve your physical health and therefore your mental health. Persistent headaches can affect your work, family and social life, but botox can help ward off headaches for around three months until your next dose is needed.

What is bruxism?

Jaw clenching is also known as bruxism. It is commonly caused by stress and anxiety. Although this is not always the case, it can cause severe headaches and facial pain. Eventually, it can wear your teeth down. Some people don’t even realise they are clenching their jaws and grinding their teeth. These activities often happen during sleep as well as when we are awake. Botox injections can stop clenching and grinding to liberate you from pain. You only need to have small Botox doses injected into your masseter muscle to prevent habitual grinding and clenching.

Is Botox for bruxism safe?

Botox is a safe treatment for migraines, headaches, grinding and clenching. It is a natural toxin that shouldn’t cause you any serious problems as long as it’s administered by an experienced professional practitioner. There aren’t many big side effects to worry about, with less than 10% of patients experiencing “lopsided smiles” after receiving the treatment. These go away after just a few weeks.

Very few people have gone on to regret using botox for migraines and as a headache treatment. Botox can help you overcome not only physical pain but the mental, emotional and social problems attached to it, enabling you to receive the comfort that you need to go about your day.

Contact us today to find out more about how Botox can help you with migraines, headaches, teeth grinding and jaw clenching.

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