Botox

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Artius Integrative Medicine

Integrative Medicine & Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine located in Great Falls, VA

You may think of BotoxⓇ as a cosmetic treatment, but it’s also a powerful medical modality for treating pain. The dedicated team at Artius Integrative Medicine in Great Falls, Virginia, provides an array of holistic healing options for you to include in your health care regimen. Call the office to learn more about Botox for pain or use the online scheduler.

Botox Q & A

What is Botox?

Botox is a purified form of the powerful Clostridium botulinum neurotoxin that’s a popular cosmetic treatment for wrinkles and fine lines. It works by interrupting signals between your brain and your muscles, so your muscles can’t contract normally.

Botox includes the following formulations that are widely used today:

  • Botox: OnabotulinumtoxinA
  • Dysport: AbobotulinumtoxinA
  • Xeomin: IncobotulinumtoxinA

The FDA approved the use of small doses of Botox by doctors and specialists to treat a range of conditions.

What conditions does Botox treat?

In addition to treating facial wrinkles and fine lines, Botox is an effective option for:

  • Severe neck and shoulder spasms
  • Excessive sweating
  • Uncontrolled blinking
  • Misaligned eyes
  • Lazy eye
  • Chronic migraines
  • Overactive bladder
  • Uncontrolled drooling

If you suffer from myofascial pain syndrome, Botox also helps relieve muscle pain.

How does Botox treat pain?

Your provider at Artius Integrative Medicine uses a CAT scan to pinpoint the precise source of your pain in order to make a series of Botox injections into those exact muscles. Botox relaxes those muscle groups and breaks the nerve signal from the muscles to your brain. As a result, muscle spasms calm down and the pain subsides.

How soon does Botox stop the pain?

You’ll find relief with Botox therapy within one week. You can expect the results to last up to four months before you need to repeat the Botox injections. Each patient and condition is unique, so discuss your history with pain so your provider can customize a treatment plan for you.

In general, most men and women with muscle or migraine pain respond well to four to six Botox therapy sessions each year.

Does Botox hurt?

Your compassionate team of providers at Artius Integrative Medicine understands that you may be nervous about Botox therapy. Before the treatment, you’ll receive a topical cream or cold pack to numb the area. Botox needles are very thin, and most people say that the injections feel like a pinprick or a pinch. They’re well tolerated by most men and women.

To get relief from your chronic migraines or muscle pain, consider Botox therapy. Call the office at Artius Integrative Medicine or use the online scheduling option to book now.