Most people will probably remember Henry Winkler for his iconic role as the ‘Fonz’ in the 1970s American sitcom ‘Happy Days’. While the actor has enjoyed success away from that particular TV classic too, he recently raised the issue of Botox.
When many people hear a Hollywood star talk about Botox, they immediately assume it must be for reasons of plastic surgery. The train of thought typically assumes that another vain star is ironing out the wrinkles in their face for a heap of money.
More than Vanity
However, Winkler has hailed Botox treatments for the effectiveness in dealing with another, much more pressing condition than reducing the appearance of wrinkles. The star is making the case for Botox treatments as a way of helping people who suffer with Upper Limb Muscle Spasticity.
This condition, which often affects people who have suffered a stroke, can be humiliating and uncomfortable. Around a million Americans currently experience the condition, a figure, which is indicative of just how common an ailment it is.
Many people are familiar with the symptoms and signs of the condition on other people. Hands, wrists and elbows can be twisted into uncomfortable shapes, gnarled and twisted in ways, which look unflattering and can cause huge embarrassment to those who have been affected.
As well as looking awkward, the condition can also make everyday life harder to deal with on a variety of levels. Just getting dressed can be almost impossible, while washing your hands or even going to the bathroom can be rendered very difficult indeed. These are not the kind of tasks that are easy to ask for help with, either.
This can lead to other health problems too. Depression can affect sufferers, as their self-esteem and sense of pride is slowly eroded. Having to depend on others just to get through the simple tasks in life wears away at anyone’s morale and mood.
The Fonz Backs Botox
This is where Henry Winkler comes in. The veteran actor saw his own mother suffer the consequences of muscle spasticity, and resolved to do something about it. After he saw the positive effects that Botox treatments had on other patients, he was convinced of its use a medicine, as well as a plastic surgery treatment.
He points to two key cases in particular. In one, a man had his arm returned to its normal position after half a century of it being unnaturally twisted out of shape. In another instance, a woman’s ‘chicken wing’ elbow, which hampered her daughters being able to care for her, was returned to normal. This meant that she was able to hug her daughters for the first time in two and half years.
Winkler insists that anyone suffering with muscle spasticity should talk to their doctor about the possibilities of Botox treatment. Whether they have suffered a stroke, have diabetes or any of a host of other possible trigger conditions, this FDA-approved treatment can lead to a new life for anyone affected by this crippling condition.