Muscle relaxing agents for Depression and Anxiety 2017-08-17T09:00:25+00:00

Muscle relaxing agent for Depression and Anxiety

The use of Muscle relaxing agents for depression and anxiety, is a new and innovative treatment that may aid significantly with the treatment and management of depression.

The Corrugator Supercilii is a narrow muscle at the corner of the eyebrow near the nose, and is responsible for pulling the eyebrows downward and towards the nose, producing vertical wrinkles of the forehead. This ‘frowning’ muscle and could be regarded as key in expressing distress.

The other muscle activated when we’re upset is the ‘Procerus’, which extends from the lower part of the nasal bone to the middle area in the forehead between the eyebrows. It pulls the skin between the eyebrows down, so it’s associated with transverse forehead lines and is usually targeted during treatment or correction of wrinkles.

The use of these muscles may trigger various emotional ‘circuitry’ in the brain, leading to depression and anxiety, which in turn could trigger a cycle that may perpetuate these emotions. Basically the expression of an emotion can cause you to feel that emotion.

The use of a localised muscle paralyzing agent, focusing on the corrugator supercilli and procerus muscles, may help to blunt the expression thus blunting the emotion of depression and anxiety.

We believe that facial expressions associated with depression are not just the consequences of low mood.  In fact, they may be integral components of the disorder, and may therefore be targeted with much benefit as an entirely new approach to the treatment of clinically low mood and depression.

It is important to note that the use of Muscle relaxing agents for the treatment of depression or anxiety should be used as an adjunct to anti-depressive and anxiolytic medications, or can be used in the process of a patient trying to ‘wean’ themselves off anti-depressive and anxiolytic medications.

Results on this treatment may vary per individual as everybody is different and may respond differently to treatments mentioned.

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