What are therapeutic uses of neuromodulators?
Certain neuromodulators are an effective treatment for chronic migraine headache, hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) and TMJ dysfunction. A consultation is an important part of the assessment for the appropriateness of neuromodulator use in these medical conditions.
How do therapeutic neuromodulators work?
Chronic migraine sufferers experience heightened neural feedback that leads to abnormal and frequent sensation of pain and headaches. Neuromodulators treat chronic migraine headache by calming abnormal nerve activity and reducing headache frequency and severity. Treatments are required every three months and results are typically seen within 6 to 9 months of initiating therapy.
In the case of excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis), the area of treatment is numbed and then therapeutic neuromodulator is superficially injected into the skin of the axilla (armpit) thereby blocking the activity of muscle that causes the sweat gland to empty sweat onto the skin. This vastly reduces sweating in the area for up to 6 months.
Temporomandibular joint pain (TMJ) is commonly caused by overuse of the masseter muscle of the jaw. Symptoms include grinding, jaw soreness, dental issues and TMJ joint pain. Injections of neuromodulator to the masseter muscle cause weakening of the muscle thereby reducing grinding, pain and dental damage. Results typically last 4-6 months.