As recommended by the Migraine Association of Ireland. Botox for management of migraine is a procedure that can help people manage the symptoms of migraine and over time may ease the considerable pain and discomfort caused by migraine headaches. The International Neuromodulation Society describes neuromodulation as… “technology that acts directly upon nerves. It is the alteration—or modulation—of nerve activity by delivering electrical or pharmaceutical agents directly to a target area”.
Botox is injected around the pain fibres that are involved in headaches. Botox enters the nerve endings around where it is injected and blocks the release of chemicals involved in pain transmission. This prevents activation of pain networks in the brain. Botox prevents migraine headaches before they start, but takes time to work. It often be the second or third treatment before it reaches its full effect. Patients see an increasing benefit with an increase in the number of treatment cycles. One treatment lasts for 10-12 weeks.