When people hear the word “Botox”, they first think of smoothing out wrinkles and tightening skin.
But Botox isn’t just used for cosmetic and anti-aging purposes. It actually has several health benefits that can relieve symptoms in frustrating disorders, such as TMJ.
Keep reading to learn more about what botulinum toxin injection is, and how Botox may help treat your troublesome health issues and symptoms.
What Is a Botulinum Toxin Injection?
Botulinum toxin injection, also known as Botox, is the most common non-surgical cosmetic procedure. But it also can provide several health benefits and can treat a number of muscular conditions.
Botox comes from the neurotoxin botulinum, which is produced from a bacterium. This toxin is used in extremely small doses and is injected into problem areas on people. The toxin prevents nerve cell signals from reaching muscles, which paralyzes the muscles.
This causes the muscles to no longer contract or shorten, and instead, the muscles become more flexible.
Health Benefits of Botox Therapy
When the muscles become more flexible as a result of the Botox injection, it helps to get rid of wrinkles. But Botox has some amazing health benefits, as well.
Botox can treat dozens of health issues, and some of the most common treatment uses include:
- TMJ disorder
- Chronic migraines
- Eyelid spasms
- Muscle spasms
- Excessive sweating
- Upper limb spasticity
- Overactive bladder
Botox helps each of the medical issues by relaxing the muscles instead of stiffening them.
How Botox Can Help People with TMJ
The temporomandibular joint is the joint that connects the jaw to the skull. If this joint is injured, it can cause a disorder known as TMJ syndrome.
TMJ syndrome is caused by damage to the jaw muscles and/or nerves from an injury or from inflammation of the temporomandibular joint.
TMJ syndrome is a troublesome disorder that causes several difficult symptoms, including:
- Jaw pain, clicking, or popping
- Ear pain or frequent earaches
- Headaches or chronic migraines
- Popping sounds in the ear
- Locking of the jaw
- Stiff or sore jaw muscles
- Pain in the temple area of your head
Some of these symptoms may be treated with at-home remedies, but a symptom like chronic migraines could use the help of Botox therapy to prevent the migraine from happening in the first place.
Because these symptoms are caused by the jaw muscles stiffening and being inflexible, therapeutic Botox can help a tremendous amount. Botox will loosen your jaw muscles and relieve most, if not all, of these symptoms.
Find Relief for TMJ with Botox Therapy
The botulism toxin injection has many uses, and one of the best uses is to treat TMJ disorder. Contact AZ-TMJ today to learn more about how therapeutic botox and other services can help minimize the symptoms of TMJ disorder so you can finally find relief.
If you would like more information about treating TMJ, you can schedule an exam to see if the procedure is right for you. Call one of our TMJ Specialists at the Head Pain Institute® for a consultation at 480-945-3629 today.