Surprise: Botox is not only for wrinkles. It is a neurotoxin and used to treat neurological conditions such as Headache, muscle stiffness (spacticity), abnormal head position and neck pain (dystonia), twitching eyelid (blepharospasm) and many others…
In fact, Botox was used for neurological disorders long before it was used for cosmetic purposes.
Dr. Willem Van der Kamp, neurologist at the German Neuroscience Center: “Most people simply aren’t aware that Botox can be used to treat much more than wrinkles, especially headaches and stiff muscles. Migraine for example, has a huge impact on people’s lives – migraine is the 7th highest cause of disability worldwide and recognised as the most disabling neurological condition.”
FDA approved indications:
• Prevention of headaches in adults with chronic migraine who have 15 or more days each month with headache lasting 4 or more hours each day in people 18 years or older
• Increased muscle stiffness in elbow, wrist, finger, thumb, ankle, and toe muscles in people 18 years and older with upper and lower limb spasticity
• Abnormal head position and neck pain that happens with cervical dystonia (CD) in people 16 years and older
• Certain types of eye muscle problems (strabismus) or abnormal spasm of the eyelids (blepharospasm) in people 12 years and older
Disclaimer: Botox is the most commonly used term for Botolinum Toxin A. Botox is a trade name of the company Allergan. Botolinum Toxin A is the generic name. Other companies distributing Botolinum Toxin A are Merz and Dysport.