Can Botox Relieve Migraines?

The days of severe headaches and migraines being lessened by good old aspirin, or that nice warm compress to the forehead may be well and truly over. If this is the case, we have the United Kingdom’s FDA to thank, as botox has now been approved for the treatment of migraines.


The approval comes off the heels of recent studies that looked at the reduction of headaches and migraines thanks to botox injections. The studies showed a 10 percent reduction in the number of headache days when compared with the placebo group.

If you are unfamiliar with botox, the drug is generally used for anti aging treatments (think less wrinkles and frown lines in the face). The use of it towards migraine pain first came about as doctors using the drug found that their patients were more relaxed and felt less headache pain when recieving botox treatments for other ailments.

Migraines differ from headaches in that they are much more painful, have pinpointed places of pain, and can often be debilitating, forcing those who suffer from them to be rendered essentially paralyzed or disabled while the pain occurs. Also, a headache normally starts with a feeling of gradual pressure or tightness in the head and then increases into a feeling of a tremendous amount of pressure. A common feature of headaches is that they is felt on both sides of the head. Migraines, on the other hand, are normally felt on one side of the head.

While the botox remedy for migraines is approved in the United Kingdom, only time will tell if the same laws will be applied here in the United States. Much more proof of botox’s effectiveness to help cure or relieve migraines will need to be found in order for it to be put into use here. Until then, there are many other more non invasive remedies for that migraine pain.

In a study published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, 218 study subjects suffering from headache who were given either chiropractic care or drug therapy or both experienced a 40 to 50 percent reduction in pain. More specifically, those who had chiropractic care still enjoyed the benefit of their relief as opposed to those who received drug therapy and no chiropractic care, as they were reported as having only a 50 percent reduction in their improvement.


Consult your primary care physician or chiropractor for any medical related advice.

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