Neural therapy, a treatment system for chronic pain and illness, is based on identification and correction of imbalances in the autonomic nervous system (ANS). The ANS is a part of the nervous system that brings information from pain sensitive nerve endings (inside and outside the body) to “relay stations” called ganglia. The ganglia are in close contact with the spinal cord and they summate input from multiple sites and transmit the pain message to the spinal cord and the brain.
Every cell in the human body, including nerve tissue, has an electric charge. This electric charge on selected nerve cells in contact with the diseased structure or organ changes, in response to an “irritative event”. This event may be illness, trauma, inflammation, or emotional stress. The cell, which ordinarily carries a negative charge when healthy, becomes positively charged relative to the negatively charged healthy surrounding tissue. In a healthy person, cellular “batteries” recharge, enabling healing to occur successfully. A cell that FAILS to recharge and remains “positive” is called a focus or interference field, producing excessive electrical signals that stress the ANS. Even when one experiences outward clinical recovery from illness or trauma (i.e., your symptoms improve), the pathologic focus can remain dormant. Over the course of many years and a multitude of life events, the electrical imbalances accumulate until.eventually a final “triggering event”, however minor, overwhelms the ability of the nervous system to compensate. Symptoms begin to develop when ANS bombardment overwhelms the filtering mechanism in the spinal cord and brain. Transmitted by the nervous system, symptoms often develop at a site remote from the obvious triggering event! Symptoms frequently develop at a site weakened by prior illness or from birth. Triggers can include such events as changes in the weather, climate, menstruation, menopause, illness, or trauma.
Neural therapy attempts to interrupt the cycle of ANS over-activation. The practitioner takes a careful history, focussing on the temporal association of events and uses kinesiology to identify the focus. The most common foci are tonsils, tonsillar scars, scars in general, and teeth. The treatment involves injection of local anesthetics into autonomic ganglia, peripheral nerves, scars, glands, and trigger points. These carefully placed injections correct the nervous system balance, in part by introducing energy into injured tissues whose voltage is reduced. As the cells are recharged, they begin to function normally again. The injection SWITCHES OFF the interference field and SWITCHES ON self healing. The therapeutic effect from an injection may be apparent immediately or within 24 hours. There are few side effects to neural therapy.
Neural therapy works adjunctively with other therapies, such as chiropractic, massage, physical therapy, or acupuncture. Often, they can synergistically aid in getting better, more complete, and more long-lasting results when combined. For instance, myofascial pain and spasm can make it more difficult for a chiropractic alignment to occur or to hold. Prolotherapy increases the probability that the adjustment will hold. Even if surgery is necessary, neural therapy can aid in the healing process and prevent the scar tissue from becoming a focus for pain and disability over the long term.