1) Pain During Sex
Sex can be uncomfortable or even painful for some women because of connective tissue issues and overly tense pelvic floor muscles.
Dr. Deborah Coady states, “When abnormally short or tense muscles cause painful sex, placing Botox into these particular muscles ... allows them to normalize in length and tone. By doing this, muscles become more comfortable to pressure, and as a result, for sexual activity and intercourse.”
- Dr. Deborah Coady
According to Allergan (the manufacturer of Botox™), and more importantly the Mayo Clinic, Botox injections have been beneficial for relief of arthritis pain.
That Botox injections helps with chronic migraines is fairly well known, however that this wrinkle-free migraine treatment has been approved by the FDA, and that your insurance will cover it, is still somewhat of a secret.
When injected into your forehead, shoulders or neck, tension is released from the muscles and nervous system, resulting in fewer migraines.
4) Excessive Sweat
A condition called hyperhidrosis causes excessive sweat in the armpits. Injecting Botox inhibits acetycholine, the chemical responsible for triggering sweat glands.
This is also approved by the FDA and covered by your insurance.
5) Lazy Eye, Blepharospasm, Dystonia
The FDA has approved Botox injections for Lazy Eye (strabismus), Blepharospasm (eyelid twitching), and Dystonia (uncontrollable muscle spasms that often cause the body to tense up in uncomfortable postures).
Injecting Botox paralyzes the spasming muscles temporarily and thus relieve spasms and pain.
6) Cerebral Palsy in Children
This study shows that Botox injections aide with range of motion in the ankles and reduce spasticity in children when injected into the gastrocnemius muscle (the back of the leg).
7) Overactive Bladder
The National Institutes of Health shows that Botox can help with overactive bladder issues. When it's injected directly into the bladder, Botox increases the fill capacity, and the effects can last several months.
One woman who had lost all function in her left hand because of a stroke was treated with Botox and physical therapy for two years. She regained some functionality and range of motion, according to this study.
Not all insurance policies cover Botox for the conditions listed above, and because cosmetic procedures are elective, they are not covered by health insurance.