Migraine Relief Injections, consists of a simple set of injections of Botulinum Toxin every 3 months, can stop migraines from developing. Although we have been using this treatment successfully for over 15 years, many people suffering from migraines are unaware of this life-changing treatment.
What is a migraine?
Migraines (severe throbbing headaches that can be one-sided or both sides of the head, and are characterised by being associated with extreme sensitivity to light and sound) can cause a huge inconvenience, with many sufferers having to unfortunately withdraw from normal life from the excruciating pain when a migraine strikes.
Migraines are thought to be caused by changes in the chemicals of the brain, in particular serotonin. Serotonin levels are believed to decrease during a migraine, which can cause the blood vessels in the brain to spasm and then dilate, causing the migraine.
Although no one knows exactly what triggers migraines in each individual person, it is known is that the extreme headache is due to spasm of the muscles over the top of the skull. Relief of this spasm can cure a migraine or even prevent one from coming on.
What is Botulinum toxin which is used in Migraine Relief Injections?
Botulinum toxin is a purified nerve toxin. It works by paralysing the nerve supply to muscles, thereby restricting their movement. Due to its nerve-blocking effects, Botulinum toxin also has a role in treating certain medical conditions, like migraines in most of those who have tried this as an option.
How does Botulinum toxin work?
Botulinum toxin is injected around pain fibres that are involved in triggering migraines. It then enters the nerve endings around where it is injected and blocks the release of chemicals by temporarily reducing muscle contractions that are involved in pain transmission. This prevents the activation of pain networks to the brain.
What can you expect from our Migraine Relief Injections treatment?
A very small needle will be inserted into key areas in the head and neck, where small amounts of Botulinum toxin will be injected into shallow muscles in the skin.
Rarely there is minor bruising that, if it occurs, can be hidden easily with make-up.