The Future of Botox

Commonly used in the cosmetic arena to fight wrinkles and temper the signs of aging, medical experts have been touting Botox as an effective medical tool for a very long time. However, it is only in recent times that the substance was formally declared as an effective treatment for ailments such as migraines

According to the most recent update from The American Academy of Neurology (AAN), the public can now approach Botox as a safe method of treating a variety of disorders, this including strokes and spinal cord injuries as well as recurrent headaches.

This is the first time since 2008 that the Academy has issued new guidelines for the use of this naturally occurring neurotoxic protein. That isn’t to say that the medical arena has been unaware of the benefits of using Botox to relieve ailments like migraines. Botox-TreatmentThe Food and Drug Administration approved the use of Botox as a means of relieving chronic migraines in 2010. The American Academy of Neurology, however, chose to ignore this act, unconvinced at the time by the FDA’s conclusion that Botox could be used to safely treat illnesses.

According to an AAN official, though, more studies into the safe use of Botox to treat illnesses have been undertaken in recent times, supporting the conclusions of the FDA and, thus, allowing the AAN to officially declare Botox safe for treating migraines.

It should be noted that the AAN discourages medical professionals from exaggerating the capabilities of Botox explaining that the benefits of Botox are relatively small. The AAN are none the less recommending medical professionals to begin offering the treatment as an option for individuals looking for relief from chronic migraines.

Botox is a neurotoxin. It blocks the release of substances at nerve endings, reducing muscle contraction and preventing the transmission of pain signals. In this way, the medicament is well placed to bring relief to patients with recurring headaches.

The AAN update also includes evidence that supports the use of Botox to fight neurological disorders like adult spasticity, blepharospasm, and cervical dystonia. According to the AAN guidelines, Botox must be used in the right doses in order to deliver the desired results.

There have been rumors of medical practitioners that have used Botox to successfully treat muscle spasms, excess sweating and muscle stiffness. Sufficing to say, with AAN’s recent update, Botox is going to become a more common element of modern medicine, attracting interest from parties outside the field of cosmetology.