Botox® is a purified protein made by Clostridium botulinum, a bacterium. Botox® is usually injected in tiny amounts and is used in treating muscle spasms and relaxing facial muscles so as to reduce wrinkles. In the recent past, many doctors have discovered many other alternative uses of Botox®. Muscle spasms are treated by injecting the neurotoxin into the muscles where it stiffens and restricts the muscles. The most common use of Botox® is alleviating wrinkles around the eyes, mouth, and forehead areas. But is Botox® just for wrinkles? The answer is No. Other alternative uses of Botox® have been discovered recently and are discussed below.
Alternative uses of Botox®
This is one of the very few uses of Botox® that have been approved by the Federal Drug Agency (FDA). The research to establish the exact function of Botox® in relieving migraines is still being done. However, there exists a theory suggesting that Botox® prevents the nerve endings from sending pain signals to the brain so the migraine will not be felt.
Botox® was initially designed for curing crossed eyes and also the inability to control blinking. This drug was designed to act on the muscles that caused spasm crossing of the eyes by weakening the muscles. A number of patients who had eye conditions treated with Botox® also noticed the wrinkles around their eyes were disappearing. This was the beginning of using Botox® as treatment for wrinkles.
The reduction of sweating is the second most popular use of this drug after wrinkle reduction. Botox® has been found to reduce sweat gland stimulation. These glands are located under the arms and on the palms. Other treatments failed prior to the use of Botox® which after injection in the right areas, it inhibited sweating. This treatment is beneficial for people who have hyperhidrosis.
Neck Muscle Spasms
The uncontrollable movements of muscles have been found to result from the platysma bands which are vertical bands located in the neck region. The discomfort they cause, usually spasms, and the platysma bands appearance have been improved by using Botox® and physical therapy.
Calming enlarged prostate
Initially Botox® was believed to be a product for women only. This was however proved wrong when Botox® was found to have the ability to treat enlarged prostates by relaxing the muscles. This has been of great help to many men in their early twenties who are sexually active. The drug is usually injected into the prostate thus relaxing muscles surrounding thus alleviating pressure mounted on the urethra and the irritation.
Controlling overactive muscles
Botox® has also been found to relax overactive bladders which occur due to muscles contracting frequently. The drug relaxes urinary muscles so that the feeling of constantly urinating is not there any more. Muscle spasms can be very painful, therefore Botox® is of great help to patients with this disorder.
A number of medical practitioners in Calgary, Alberta, Canada have found Botox® to be safe enough and can be used to treat many physical anomalies. However, it is important to take note that Botox® does not cure. It usually provides a temporary solution for the problem and in case a patient needs a long-term type of treatment, consulting a doctor would be the best thing to do.