Neural therapy is a nervous system regulation therapy. The autonomic nervous system unconsciously regulates all of the body’s automatic functions like heart rate, digestion, perspiration, blood flow and breathing.
In order to keep the symphony of body functions in harmony, the flow of information through the integrated web of our nervous system needs to be open and clear for optimal communication. Optimal communication means the ability at any moment to adapt to the simultaneously organized and chaotic environment we exist within. Challenges to the nervous system that can block smooth flow of information, like trauma, infection and surgery (scars) can lead to blocked regulation and what are called interference fields.
During a neural therapy treatment procaine is injected into identified interference fields like scars, acupuncture points, trigger points and other tissues to relieve pain and dysfunction throughout the body. Neural therapy’s healing effect is believed to work by normalizing the function of the nervous system. It is based on the theory that any trauma, infection, or surgery can produce long-standing disturbances in the electrochemical or electromagnetic function of tissue.
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. Neural therapy is like rebooting the “body computer”, the autonomic nervous system, to reset regulation and normalize function.
A typical course of neural therapy treatment is about six sessions to determine what benefit it may have. Response can be varied. Often there is improvement for a few days and then old symptoms return. Sometimes improvements occur gradually in conjunction with other therapies. Occasionally emotional blocks are released and strong emotional responses may occur, this is a healthy sign. All responses are important in the healing process.
Negative effects tend to be of a temporary nature and may precede improvements. Mild bruising may occur and may be unavoidable, especially with scar treatment. Occasionally an injected trigger point may be painful for a day. Post-treatment pain can be relieved with an ice pack. Some temporary numbness can occur that passes quickly. Some people can feel temporarily light-headed. Some patients say that they feel worse for a few days, followed by a great relief of symptoms. Each person has his or her own individual response. Report any effects to your doctor.
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