Category: Procedures and injections

Botox for migraines: how does it work and how effective is it?

What is Botox? Botox is a protein called Onabotulinum toxin A. In nature, this protein is produced by a bacteria, Clostridium Botulinum. The protein used for medical therapy is a purified form.  Botox has been used for many years for wrinkles or to treat strabismus,…

Botox side effects and risks

Is Botox dangerous? «toxin» sounds scary  Botox is a protein, purified from a bacteria called Clostridium Botulinum. It blocks neurotransmission, which means it stops the nerves talking to their targets (muscles, sweat glands, skin receptors). See more on how Botox works here. See this post…

Botox : coverage and access in Canada

What is Botox? Botox has been used for many years for wrinkles or to treat spasticity, excessive sweating, hyperactive bladder, hemifacial hemispasm, and dystonia. Botox is a protein, a purified botulinum toxin called Onabotulinum toxin A.  To read more on Botox mechanism and effectiveness (See…

Nerve Blocks anatomy: they put a needle where and why?

The head and the neck are closely related, even more than we might think. Look at the image below, describing the nerve networks of the face and neck. A nerve is like an electric wire. When they bundle together, they form roots (equivalent of a…

Injections and blocks for headaches: practical details

There are different types of injections that can be made to improve neck-influenced headache (cervicogenic headache). The link between neck pain and headaches can be complex. See this post The injections can be made with local anesthetics (similar to the freezing product used by dentists),…

Acupuncture: is it a good option for migraine?

Acupuncture involves the use of small needles inserted through the skin. According to the Asian theory of meridians, this may influence energetic networks in the body and have positive effects on health. For the treatment of pain, more recent theories propose that acupuncture needles may…