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Understanding Botox Migraine Therapy

Botox is a popular treatment that is famous for helping people look younger by reducing the appearance of wrinkles. Since 1992, botox (botulinum toxin A), a form of deadly purified bacteria that causes food poisoning, has been used to temporarily paralyze the muscles that cause wrinkles. 

Now, if you have migraines that are very frequent and the medicine doesn't help, you now have the option to get Botox to treat migraines. Several studies have shown that Botox can relieve migraine pain, and the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) and NHS (British National Health Service) have approved the use of Botox to treat patients with the most severe cases of migraine. 

Migraine is a painful recurring headache that can cause dizziness, nausea, and temporary vision loss. Click here to get more information regarding migraine therapy.

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Migraines usually seem to be caused by allergic reactions to things like coffee, cheese, chocolate, and oranges. Other symptoms include eye cramps caused by unstable or nervous light and cramps in the forehead and neck muscles.

Under normal circumstances, nerves send electrical signals to the muscles to make muscles contract. The point where nerves and muscles meet is called the neuromuscular node. When the signal reaches the neuromuscular junction, a chemical called acetylcholine is released from the nerve side of the junction and binds to the side of the junction muscle, causing more chemical reactions that pull the muscles together. 

Botox blocks the acetylcholine receptors in the muscles, preventing them from contracting. This blockage is NOT reversible, but the muscle slowly begins to repair the receptor site, causing the muscle to contract again.