The many health benefits of Botox
28 January 2010As well as being a popular treatment for reducing the appearance of wrinkles, Botox is increasingly being viewed by medical experts as an effective and reliable treatment for a number of health conditions. Research has suggested that the wrinkle relaxing injections can be effective for treating conditions as diverse as foot muscle problems, overactive bladders and even cerebral palsy in children, all of which have produced encouraging results. Explaining how Botox can be used to treat foot problems, Dr Craig Morton at the Center for Orthopaedics in Lake Charles, Louisiana told firstcoastnews.com: "If there's damage to the brain or spinal cord, such as what you'd see in a spinal cord injury, head injury, stroke, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy - it can result in an abnormal posturing of the muscles of the hands and feet. "That's when the [B]otox will come into play to relax a contracture, so that we can either brace the foot or provide casting to provide stability and flexibility within that foot." Nursing Times has also declared Botox "an effective and safe treatment" for patients with bladder problems, leading to significant improvements in conditions as well as quality of life. Perhaps most important of all, Botulinum toxin-A (Botox) has been declared by the Neurology journal as an effective treatment for muscle tightness, weakness, and abnormal reflexes in young patients with cerebral palsy - a condition that affects more than 10,000 babies born each year in the United States alone. It seems Botox has an important role to play in the medical world, as well as being an ever more popular non surgical solution for men and women to reduce the appearance of wrinkles.