What is Neural Therapy?
Neural Therapy addresses imbalances in the autonomic nervous system by using injections into nerve sites, acupuncture points, scars, muscle trigger points and other tissues to relieve pain and dysfunction throughout the body.
How do autonomic nervous system (ANS) imbalances occur?
ANS imbalances occur due to some type of trauma. This could be a result of an improperly healed scar, past traumatic accident or injury (e.g. motor vehicle accident), emotional distress, toxic exposure or any threat or perceived threat to life. In a natural healing response, once the stress is removed, the nervous system should reset itself. Unfortunately, for many people the modern stresses are so great and continuous, it limits the bodies ability to return tonormal (homeostasis). A local area then becomes locked into a constant fight or flight or “freeze” state. This area becomes a disturbance field and can for many years interfere with the normal nervous system regulation in the body. A very common example of this would be a whiplash injury.
How does an ANS imbalance affect the body?
ANS imbalances affect the body in two possible ways:
- They cause pain, inflammation, swelling, spasm, and/or weakness in an area of the body(e.g. neck, shoulder, knee, low back)
- They can lead to under-functioning of some tissue(s) in the body(e.g. lowered function of adrenal glands, thyroid, liver, immune system, etc)
How does neural therapy correct ANS imbalance?
Neural therapy “resets” the ability of ANS nerve fibers to transmit signals properly. In neural therapy the intention is not to anaesthetize or numb the nerve, but rather to change the membrane potential temporarily, with the expectation that when the anesthetic wears off, the membrane charges and nerve function will return to normal. Think about how your computer occasionally is overloaded with too many programs running. It begins to malfunction, running slowly and freezing up. Usually the first thing you do is shut everything down and reboot the computer. In the same way Neural Therapy is like rebooting the “body computer”, the autonomic nervous system, to reset regulation and normalize function.
What can neural therapy be used to treat?
The more common conditions that benefit from it include: back and neck pain, posttraumatic conditions, chronic pain from whiplash and head injury, joint pain, muscle pain, and athletic injuries. Jaw and head pain, post-surgical pain (including dental), digestive disturbances, sinusitis, hypothyroid, muscle injuries, organ dysfunctions and scar disturbances also benefit from neural therapy.
Is procaine safe?
Yes – the only contraindication to using procaine is an allergic sensitivity to it (in which case lidocaine is used instead).