Therapeutic muscle relaxants do the same thing as a cosmetic muscle relaxant. It relaxes muscle. It is used to treat medical conditions including migraines, tension headaches and hyperhydrosis. Therapeutic muscle relaxants are sometimes covered by your drug plan for hyperhydrosis, except in the case of Green Shield. Some plans also cover it for treatment of migraines.
This is a medical condition where there is excessive sweating. Areas commonly affected are the face, scalp, hands, feet, chest and armpits. Patients with this condition suffer socially due to embarassment and may often change their shirt several times a day, or avoid shaking hands. Topical antiperspirants are of limited or no help.
Each sweat gland has a muscle that allows the gland to excrete the sweat. The treatment relaxes this muscle so that it can't contract and stops sweat production in the area. You will continue to sweat normally in areas that have not been treated.
Therapeutic muscle relaxants must be injected into the dermis of the skin in the area to be treated. In Dr. Elliott's practice, this is always done after a topical anesthetic cream has been applied. This makes treatment comfortable. Like with everything Dr. Elliott does, his patients would tell you that it doesn't hurt.
There are 2 components of the treatment cost: the therapeutic muscle relaxant, and the procedure cost. Your drug plan will cover the therapeutic muscle relaxant cost at whatever reimbursement level you receive. You are responsible for the treatment cost.
Ask a staff member for more information on this process, and they will be more than happy to help you.