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  • Writer's pictureDr Katarine ND RAc

Chronic Headaches, Excessive Sweating, TMJ?

Help is available in the form of Therapeutic Botox

Long have the cosmetic benefits of Neuromodulars like Botox & Nuceiva been recognized in the beauty industry for helping to smooth furrowed brows and soften the crinkly skin around the eyes. It hcontinues to be an extremely safe and much sought-after tool for women and men to prolong their youthful appearances and reduce unwanted skin changes from deepening.

Less well known is how this same treatment is being utilized in numerous medical fields for the management of over 50 different physiological conditions. Neuromodulars (like Nuceiva and Botox) have been used successfully in these areas for over 20 years in Canada, providing sufferers with new and often highly effective treatment options to help alleviate their discomfort.

So… how do Neuromodulars like Botox work?

  • Neuromodulars are purified natural proteins which temporarily block the release of neurotransmitters from the nerve, resulting in relaxation of the muscle.

    • Basically, they block the signal from nerve to muscle

  • This treatment is a highly specific localized therapy which acts only upon particular muscles, meaning there are no systemic (full body) effects – it only works on the muscles that are injected.

  • Injections are extremely small and virtually painless, typically only a small pinch is felt.

  • This therapy provides rapid (often within 3 days), temporary (several months) relief, decreasing overactive muscle contraction, reducing pain, increasing comfort, and improving overall quality of life

What types of conditions can be treated by Naturopathic Physicians in BC?

  • Almost any form of Chronic Headaches (with approval from Health Canada in 2011!) including:

    • Migraine

    • Tension-Type Headache

    • Cervicogenic Headache

  • Hyperhidrosis (Excessive Sweating)

    • Palms &/or Soles

    • Underarms (axillae)

  • Temporomandibular Syndrome (TMJ): Grinding of the teeth and/or painful jaw clicking/popping

How long do Neuromodulars take to work and how long does the injections last?

  • It is of course highly individualized, but results will typically be noticed within 2-8 days, with peak efficacy at 7-14 days

  • Duration of action is typically 3-4 months, at which point treatment is repeated for ongoing relie

  • Note though: for excessive sweating, benefits usually last upwards of 6-7 months!

Can all Naturopathic Physicians give Neuromodular (Botox/Nuceiva) injections?

  • Therapeutic and Aesthetic Neuromodular injections require specific training and only certain practitioners have the skill-set to do so.

  • Dr Holewa ND RAc has been trained in this therapy and has been providing Neuromodular injection therapy to her patients for several years for both cosmetic and therapeutic purposes..

Is this treatment covered?

  • Many Extended Health plans will cover Therapeutic Botox for Tension Headaches, Chronic Migraines, TMJ Syndrome as well as Hyperhidrosis.

If you would like more information or would like to schedule an appointment to discuss if this therapy would benefit you, please don’t hesitate to call the VitaCare Natural Health at 250-585-2150.

In Health

Dr Katarine Holewa ND RAc


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