Therapy used for scars, pain and injuries. Neural refers to nerves. When a nerve is impeded, the regulation of its connected body parts is also compromised. This can result in poor function, pain, disease, and disability. The purpose of neural therapy is to unblock the interference to normal functioning by using injections into the specific areas of disturbance. The injections often contain local anesthetic (procaine), 5% dextrose, homeopathic medicines, or vitamins such as B12. The sites of injection are determined by the history of trauma, location of symptoms, and connected dysfunctional areas.
Any stress on the body, whether physical, psychological or toxic, will activate the nervous system and create what is referred to as “a fight or flight response”. This could be the result of a car accident, surgery, emotional distress, fear, toxic exposure or any threat or perceived threat to life or person. In an ideal 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, there may be no chance for the body to return itself to normal and heal as a result. A local area then becomes locked into a constant fight or flight state and can for many years interfere with the normal nervous system regulation in the body. A very common example of this is a motor vehicle accident causing a whiplash injury.
Specific vitamins, local anesthetics and occasionally other preparations are used in the injection solution. The injection solution is specific for the area being treated, whether it is for organ tissue, nerve, muscles and joints or trauma. An injected anesthetic will cause a nerve to be numbed by changing the positive and negative charges on the membrane of the nerve tissue so that no sensation can be passed along. This is similar to when your lips become numb after a visit to the dentist. 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 or windows open in the background. It begins to malfunction, running slowly and freezing up. Usually the first thing you do is shut everything down and reboot the computer. After that, it begins to work fine again. In the same way, Neural Therapy is like rebooting the “body computer”, the autonomic nervous system, to reset regulation and normalize function. Different injection medications help assist in the local healing response.
Scar tissue is a common cause of disturbed communication between cells and organs. Any scar whether a small one from a childhood fall, from dental surgery or a major post-surgical scar will prevent with surrounding tissue from being able to communicate properly. A scar has an electric charge about 5x that of normal skin and can disrupt nerve flow. Scars that cross acupuncture meridian channels can block energy to those related organs and body parts. A scar will hold injured or cut fascia, muscles and skin together, but it is not as flexible as the original tissue, so the underlying tissues cannot move as freely. The treatment of scars with neural therapy, even decades old ones, has consistently been an important factor in increasing mobility, reducing pain and improving movement and function.
Frequently a major component of chronic pain is tight, contracted or spastic muscles that are resistant to stretch, massage or mobilization therapies. Muscles are held in contraction by nerve impulses to the local neuromuscular junctions. The result is that perpetual inappropriate impulses cause a continuous muscle contraction. By injecting the affected neuromuscular trigger point, it is possible to break the ongoing pattern of spasm, allowing muscle to release and eventually return to normal function.